A Missouri state lawmaker is raising eyebrows after he shared a video of himself slaughtering a live chicken on Facebook to prove his point about abortion.
Republican state Representative Mike Moon, along with other Missouri state legislators, was called into a special session on Monday by Republican Governor Eric Greitens to discuss new requirements for abortion providers after a federal judge ruled against some of the state's existing laws.
In response to Greitens' request, Moon posted footage of himself beheading and gutting a chicken while announcing the "Missouri Right to Life Act," a bill he filed on Monday.
The new bill would "require due process of law before the life of any human, born or unborn, is ended prior to natural death," effectively outlawing abortions in the state.
"When the governor called for the second special session this year, I was right in the middle of my summer job. But like any good career politician, when I get the call, I'm going back to work," Moon says as he calmly beheads the bird.
"God gave us man dominion over life. He allows us to raise animals properly and care for them and then process them for food so we can sustain life. And that's what I'm doing here with this chicken."
"So we've been called back to this special session for the primary purpose of supporting life, protecting the unborn specifically. I think we need to get to the heart of the matter here," he continues, as he pulls out the chicken's heart.
"So today, I'm filing a bill that will lead to the stopping of abortion in the state of Missouri and I hope you'll support it."
WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT.
The video, which has been viewed over 8,000 times, was met with serious backlash in the comments section.
"Mr. Moon, I find this video to be demented, and I grew up on a cattle ranch," one man wrote. "I have voted for good Republican candidates in Missouri, and you sir, are not one."
"This is one of those comparisons that is done purely for the shock value of it all," said another. "Your record of voting against social programs establishes that you care nothing about getting that child a secure environment, but you sure do want to make sure you have command over a woman's body."
Alison Dreith, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, slammed Moon's shocking video as mere "theatrics."
"Whatever Mike Moon does with a chicken in the privacy of his home is his own business," Dreith told the Missouri Times. "But we will not let him use the rights of women across Missouri as some kind of political prop. His call to ban abortion is disturbing and dangerous, no matter what he does with that chicken."
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