A Missouri state representative is gaining national attention and criticism after he posted a Facebook video of him decapitating a live chicken while talking about abortion.
In the video, Republican state Rep. Mike Moon speaks about his anti-abortion bill. Next to him, a chicken hangs upside down from a tree.
“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,” he said while cutting the head off the chicken. The headless bird flapped its wings.
Moon dressed the chicken in the video and pulls out what appears to be the bird’s heart while speaking about the need to protect human lives.
“God gave us man dominion over life,” he said. “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. 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.”
According to the Springfield News-Leader, Moon’s bill would aims to “protect the right to life of all humans, born and unborn … and to require due process of law before the life of any human, born or unborn, is ended prior to natural death.”
The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) accused the representative of playing “political games” with women’s health care. “It was insulting watching Rep. Moon use the rights of women across Missouri as some kind of political prop,” the organization said in the News-Leader report. “His call to ban abortion is disturbing and dangerous, no matter what he does with that chicken.”
Moon — who runs a farm with his family — told The Washington Post that his video wasn't made to scare anyone. Rather, he said he just wanted to give the governor a window into his “summer vacation.”
“I was working my vacation job — and it wasn’t a vacation,” said Moon. “As I was processing the chickens I became so perturbed by the governor’s uncalled for remarks that I got a camera together and had someone film me processing one of the chickens. It was primarily a jab back at the governor to say, ‘This is my full-time job, and yet, because I am a full-time official, when you call me back to the legislature I’m going to go.’”