A recent guest on MSNBC’s “The Reidout with Joy Reid,” called on President Joe Biden to begin “federalizing the doctor force” and creating “an army of federal doctors” to counter what is happening because of the Texas heartbeat law. Elie Mystal, a frequent MSNBC guest, challenged for this “doctor force” to offer “free” abortions in the Lone Star State. He said that pregnant women in Texas were in a similar situation as those who were trapped on their roofs due to recent flooding across the nation.
“I live in New York, OK? It is wet right now. If I was on top of my roof looking for help, I would expect the cavalry to be coming directly, right? FEMA, Coast Guard, Operation Dumbo Drop, somebody should be coming to get me. In fact, when it happened in Katrina, the failure of the federal government to go get people was viewed as one of the biggest failures of George W. Bush’s presidency,” Mystal said.
He continued, “Similarly, we need to go and get women in Texas and protect their constitutionally protected medical rights.”
Elie Mystal, who is a contributor to “The Nation” magazine, declared that a plan should be developed to counter the pro-life law that was passed in Texas. He said that it should involve “deputizing doctors,” or “federalizing doctors.”
In his own words, “You create, through an executive order, an army of federal doctors who are going to go into Texas and protect the Constitution by consulting women about their privacy rights and their medical history. By federalizing the doctor force, that would protect those abortion providers from the Texas law.”
During the interview, Mystal noted that the Hyde Amendment basically prohibits the federal government from funding abortion through Medicaid, although there are some exceptions. He had this to say about getting around the Hyde Amendment, you make “abortions free — which, by the way, they probably should be already — and you privately fund the doctors who are doing this service in defense of the Constitution.”
He explained that this would be ideal because federal officials are protected from private civil actions by qualified immunity. He admitted that he didn’t like that protection, but “It is time to play hardball, right? It is not go-high time. This is go time!”
He maintained that the president could write that law today and have the doctors on their way to Texas tomorrow.
The host of the show, Joy Reid, gushed, “This is a great idea.” She added that she had read Mystal’s proposal in “The Nation” magazine.
Reid is not alone. There are a number of MSNBC and CNN contributors who have been weighing in on condemning and circumventing the Texas heartbeat law. It allows “any person” in the state to sue anyone involved in enabling abortions that take place after a fetal heartbeat is detected. This typically occurs at approximately the sixth week of pregnancy.
As soon as her interview with Mystal was over, Reid asked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s daughter about ways to nullify the Texas state law.
Christine Pelosi said Americans could “support President Biden if he decides to federalize a force in Texas, or perhaps allow places like those 15 military bases to be places where we could perform reproductive health care services.” This was the language she used to describe committing abortions.
Pelosi also said that people should “follow the lead” of her mother, whom she called “Speaker Pelosi,” and “pass the law to codify Roe v. Wade.”
Pelosi went on to describe what might have happened if her last pregnancy had happened in Texas.
“This Texas law really woke up a lot of activists and a lot of women who, like me, didn’t find out that we were pregnant until we were past the six-week mark,” she told Reid.
“I passed out in a yoga class, and I went to the doctor a week later. I was six-and-a-half weeks pregnant with my daughter, Bella,” Pelosi said. “Now, that was a wonderful experience for me. But I wouldn’t even have a choice to have a choice if that were happening right now in Texas.”