While conservative commentator Tomi Lahren‘s pro-choice beliefs have been an open secret for a while now, the recent abortion bans that have been signed into law in Alabama and Georgia have pitted her against a huge swath of her following, and that conflict is playing out as Lahren willingly bucks the pro-life faction of Trumplandia for all her fans to see.
The latest drama over Lahren’s pro-choice views fired up this Thursday when she tweeted, “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!”
The tweet came one day after Alabama’s GOP governor Kay Ivey signed into law the most restrictive abortion ban in the country, making 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.
Lahren’s tweet sparked an intense debate, with some liberals praising her for speaking out in spite of the backlash, while others slammed her for taking up such a liberal stance on an issue that’s been a passionate mainstay for the religious right.
One of those attacking Lahren was far-right commentator Faith Goldy, who mocked Lahren’s “80 IQ” take on the subject.
“Your 80 IQ ‘it doesn’t save a life’ take is anti-Christian, anti-family, and anti-freedom as all liberty depends on life,” Goldy tweeted to Lahren. “‘More dangerous methods’? Nothing ‘dangerous’ about Christ & placing a quarter between your knees.”
Lahren wasted no time in responding, telling Goldy to back off when it comes to criticizing her Christian faith.
If you think banning abortion with no exception for rape or incest will stop women from terminating pregnancy, you’re not being honest with yourself.
P.S. you’re not God so don’t you dare evaluate my Christian faith based on your moral superiority complex. https://t.co/TUbRPqudkm
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) May 16, 2019
“If you think banning abortion with no exception for rape or incest will stop women from terminating pregnancy, you’re not being honest with yourself,” Lahren shot back while highlighting Goldy’s tweet. “P.S. you’re not God so don’t you dare evaluate my Christian faith based on your moral superiority complex.”
In a subsequent tweet, Lahren posted a link to an op-ed she penned for Fox News where she declared herself to be a “pro-choice conservative” who has “had it with extremism on both sides of the abortion issue.”
“According to the World Health Organization, ‘unsafe abortions are the third leading cause of maternal death worldwide and lead to an additional five million largely preventable disabilities,'” she wrote. “Is that what we want in Alabama or anywhere in the United States? Do we want women to resort to their own unsafe methods or travel to other countries to have it done? Does that really do anything for the pro-life movement, for women, for people in general? No, it doesn’t.”
Needless to say, there’s not enough popcorn for this.
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