As the political and social media partisans battle over Alabama’s new law that bans nearly all abortion procedures, conservative commentator and Fox News host Tomi Lahren spoke up in a tweet this Thursday, admitting that she knew she’d be “attacked by fellow conservatives” for what she was about to say.
“I will be attacked by fellow conservatives for saying this but so be it, this Alabama abortion ban is too restrictive,” she tweeted. “It doesn’t save life, it simply forces women into more dangerous methods, other states or countries.”
“You don’t encourage life via blanket government mandate!” she added.
I will be attacked by fellow conservatives for saying this but so be it, this Alabama abortion ban is too restrictive. It doesn’t save life, it simply forces women into more dangerous methods, other states or countries. You don’t encourage life via blanket government mandate!
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) May 16, 2019
Lahren’s tweet comes one day after Alabama’s GOP governor Kay Ivey signed into law the most restrictive abortion ban in the country. The ban makes abortion illegal in almost all cases, including rape and incest. Doctors who perform abortions could face up to 99 years in prison under the new law, which Ivey noted was unenforceable.
Lahren has voiced a more moderate tone on abortion in the past. During an appearance on The View two years ago, she surprised viewers by saying she’s pro-choice.
“I’m pro-choice and here’s why,” she said. “I’m someone that’s for limited government. So I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say ‘I’m for limited government, but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies.'”
Her comments reportedly got her suspended from her show on Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze TV network.
As expected, Lahren’s tweet went viral and sparked a lot of discussion in the thread that opened up beneath it.
If you know you’ll be attacked, why would you still stay on the wrong side of history?
— Diana (@Takethepwrback) May 16, 2019
Thank you Tomi. This took courage. Whatever anyone says, it did. #WarOnWomen
— tara strong (@tarastrong) May 16, 2019
Easy to have a spine when things directly affect you tbh
— Tief Keef (@TearDucks) May 16, 2019
Another conservative figure gave an unexpected response to the Alabama law this week. Speaking on his TV show this Wednesday, Christian evangelist Pat Robertson said the law “has gone too far.”
“They want to challenge Roe v. Wade, but my humble view is that this is not the case that we want to bring to the Supreme Court, because I think this will lose,” he said.
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