So last night I tuned into CrossFire on CNN to support my friend and new CNN contributor Sally Kohn.The debate about women’s reproductive rights on the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade was between anti-choice hoaxter Lila Rose and NARAL President Ilyse Hogue.
When I tuned in, I expected to hear Lila Rose spew the usual non-sense about babies being “ripped apart” during the abortion procedures that exist only in her vivid imagination.
What I didn’t expect to hear (because I’m clearly naive) is a woman say on national television, “An abortion doesn’t un-rape a woman.” That was Rose’s response to a question about abortion exceptions for rape and incest. Rose opposes all abortions and believes that the government should force a woman against her will to have her rapist’s baby. Anti-choice language around rape can make me want to throw my laptop, but the current extremeness of it is a clear indication that the movement to prevent women from accessing their constitutionally protected rights to reproductive health care is falling well outside of the mainstream.
Readers of this site know that 7 in 10 Americans support a women’s right to choose and so many people are fighting every day to make sure that women can access affordable and safe reproductive health care, despite the constant assault on our rights.
Kudos to Sally and Ilyse for debating the issue with facts and remaining calm throughout what I’m sure was a difficult debate to sit through with a straight face.
Check out the clip below (closed captioning in the video):
Zerlina Maxwell really wants to be a superhero, but will settle for blogging.