LawCo State Rep.: 'Chicken beheading video was dig at Governor'

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Moon says his abortion bill not likely to see discussion

State Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, is making waves after posting a Facebook video Monday afternoon of him beheading and harvesting a chicken, which he says is being wrongly perceived as an attempt to garner support for his "Missouri Right to Life" bill, which would effectively end abortions in the state of Missouri.


Moon said the original intent of the video was actually to take a dig at the Governor, as he had to get up earlier than normal and rush his work of processing about 50 chickens on Tuesday ahead of traveling to Jefferson City to be at a second special legislative session Gov. Eric Greitens has called this year.

"I had about 50 chickens to process, and after about 20, I thought about how ridiculous it was that I had to rush my work because the governor thinks we are career politicians," he said. "I thought the 20th chicken deserved a statement, and my point with the video was to tell the governor that this is my full time job, and I do it to feed my family. We raise chickens for the purpose of feeding and life, and comparing the chicken to abortion was not what I intended."

Moon went on to say the governor is the full-time politician, and by being elected to his term, he is a career politician as much as any of those in the legislature.

"Like any good career politician, when I get the call, I'm going back to work," Moon said in the video as he cut the head off the hanging chicken and held it while its wings flapped. "God gaveth 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. That's what I'm going to do with this chicken."

The video continued to Moon removing and tossing the chicken's entrails.

"We've been called back for this special session for the primary purpose of supporting life, protecting the unborn specifically," he said, right before pulling out the bird's heart. "I think we need to get to the heart of the matter here. 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."

Moon said that portion of the video was specifically pointed to bring attention to his anti-abortion bill, one of 14 filed in the House, along with multiple similar bills in the Senate.

"On Facebook, I've seen a number of responses to the video, and it does me no good to try and go in and defend what I was trying to do," Moon said. "Many are responding that it's animal cruelty, and if they do not know where their food comes from, I cannot do anything to change their minds. The intent was to get the governor's attention."

Moon has been working since at least 2014 to close the last remaining abortion clinic in Missouri, a Planned Parenthood in St. Louis. His bill in the special session states "personhood begins at conception and unborn children are people; repeals current statutory provisions acknowledging the preemption of state law by the Constitution of the United States and decisions of the United States Supreme Court; and requires law enforcement officers, officers of the court, and any licensed or state regulated entities in Missouri to affirmatively enforce Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution of Missouri, which specifies that no person must be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law."

Moon said he received a schedule Tuesday, and his bill was not on the list.

"It will likely not see the light of day, but I will attempt to amend the bill that is chosen and add it in," he said. "The Supreme Court is not infallible. Remember Dred Scott? That was the wrong decision. I think the timing is right [to act on overturning Roe v Wade]."

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