November 16, 2012 — Our weekly video roundup includes a unique assortment of Web videos hand-picked by our editors. This week, segments from MSNBC and "The Daily Show" look at the messages voters sent in the election and whether lawmakers are hearing those messages.
Ed Schultz spoke to Ohio Sen. Nina Turner (D) about a state House committee's move to approve a bill that would cut about $1.7 million from Planned Parenthood. Several medical professional testified against the bill, which would block funding used for preventive services. State lawmakers also are reviving the so-called "heartbeat" bill, which would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable (Schultz, "The Ed Show," MSNBC, 11/14).
Rachel Maddow reviewed the "return on investment" Planned Parenthood earned on its campaign expenditures, which resulted in 98% of elections the group invested in being decided in its favor. She questioned why conservative Ohio lawmakers, in the wake of these election results, are moving to block funding to the organization's health clinics (Maddow, "The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, 11/14).
MSNBC's Schultz also discussed the election results with National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill. O'Neill said that she hopes conservative leaders "have heard the message of the voters," but she "worr[ies] that they haven't" (Schultz, "The Ed Show," MSNBC, 11/7).
On "The Daily Show," Kristen Schaal explained how Republicans can appeal to unmarried women, who "only think about abortion" and largely supported President Obama in the election (Stewart, "The Daily Show," Comedy Central, 11/14).
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