Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC’s anchor, interrupted a reporter on Thursday because she used the term “prolife” during reporting on two new House bills.
Two bills regarding abortion were passed Wednesday by the Republican-led House. One condemns attacks on prolife centers and affiliated agencies. The other requires that healthcare providers treat babies born after abortions the same way they would any other patient.
Mitchell pointed out that Kevin McCarthy, Speaker of the House, held a press conference on Thursday morning about the two bills. Then, Mitchell focused her attention on Nancy Mace, North Carolina Rep.
Yesterday, Nancy Mace, a Republican from South Carolina was on the panel. She passionately spoke out about why her caucus was not following this legislation, and how it was unfair to women, particularly women who have been subject to rape, incest or any other form of sexual violence. Mitchell explained that she voted for the abortion legislation.
After the fact, she told reporters that Mitchell was, as she described herself, prolife at the end. “She felt it was important that she voted for these measures despite the potentially politically harmful or politically unappealing look, if you will” NBC News Senior Capitol Hill correspondent Garrett Haake stated before Mitchell jumped in.
Mitchell interrupted, saying that pro-life was a term they – an entire organization – want to use. However, that description is inaccurate.
The reporter claimed that she was using the term because it’s how she described herself.
“I understand,” Mitchell said. Mitchell said, “That was her explanation.”
Mace, who was criticizing her fellow Republicans on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday, argued that strict restrictions on abortion are not in line with the wishes of the majority of Americans.