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Ben Shapiro comes out as pro-baby Hitler in March for Life message

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So many tweets.

Today marks the forty-sixth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark case legalizing abortion in the U.S. To mark the occasion, anti-choice forces congregated in the freezing cold in the nation’s capital for the annual March for Life. (Not to be confused with the very, very different March for Our Lives.)

The festivities included such highlights as Ben Shapiro delivering ads for Quip toothbrushes and ZipRecruiter and feeling the inexplicable urge to say, “The truth is no pro-life person would kill baby Hitler. Baby Hitler was a baby.”

Vice President Mike Pence also stopped by—or, well, video chatted by—for a spell, according to Jared Holt, a reporter with Right Wing Watch.

In recognition of the joyous occasion annually marked by people parading about with graphic signs that have been described as “visual terrorism,” Senate Republicans have been out in full force on Twitter expressing solidarity with those who envision a world in which women are forced to carry pregnancies resulting from sexual assault to term, and only rich women can get abortions.

Here’s a sample of tweets:

Planned Parenthood does not receive federal funding for abortion services, and defunding it would merely keep impoverished women from receiving reproductive care and mammograms.

Both Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) have also cheerfully tweeted about making it more difficult for poor people to get Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Plan, or SNAP, benefits, commonly referred to as food stamps.

Feeding the hungry is so last century, after all.

It bears mentioning that Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a doctor, should know that science is far from settled on whether fetuses can experience pain, with the body of evidence indicating that it is not possible until the third trimester, or twenty-seven to twenty-eight weeks of pregnancy.

Cassidy has also recently been pretty pleased with himself for joining the fight against providing Medicare to undocumented residents. People dying of preventable diseases in the United States apparently does not bother the doctor one little bit.

Someone should probably tell the senator that all compassion is compassion. But by far the biggest anti-choice tweeter is Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), who has expressed his dour disapproval for terminating a pregnancy more than a dozen times on Twitter this week alone.

Yes, this includes abortions resulting from incest, rape, in which the woman’s life is in jeopardy, or when the fetus has no chance of survival.

But Republican senators aren’t tweeting about either that grim irony or the fact that, on his way from the march, they would have passed a long line of furloughed federal workers waiting for food.

Claire Goforth

Claire Goforth

Claire Goforth is a Jacksonville, Florida-based journalist covering politics, culture, justice, and unicorns. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from regional alt-weeklies to Al Jazeera.