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Comedian Chelsea Handler: Women should vote to protect abortion

In an August interview with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, extreme pro-abortion comedian Chelsea Handler, who has partnered with the non-partisan Rock the Vote, spoke about the importance of voting and what’s at stake in elections. Specifically, she talked about women and the right to vote:

I mean it’s so important to get the message out there for people to vote, because, you know, they need to exercise that right. Especially for women, after everything… women went through to get us through to get us that right, we need to exercise it.

Roberts then mentioned “young” women, suggesting they’re naive about what’s at stake — which naturally refers to their “reproductive rights”:

Because there are a lot of young women who don’t recognize that there was a time where there wasn’t access to choice, and reproductive rights, and you think that’s really important for young women to know.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former Democratic National Committee chair, received criticism from both abortion promoters and opponents over similar statements she made regarding what she perceives as the “complacence” young women have about abortion. While young people may be hesitant to label themselves pro-life, they do agree with the pro-life position on abortion regulations and restrictions, according to a Students for Life poll. Only 17 percent of young people hold the same view as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: abortion at any point for any reason. A poll from The Knights of Columbus/Marist also showed that young people support abortion restrictions by overwhelming majorities.

Handler went along with Roberts’ categorizing and continued:

Well of course. It’s your body. It’s your choice, what you want to do with your body. And there’s no way we can, you know, go back and have some sort of reactionary movement towards overturning Roe v. Wade, among other things, but getting that Supreme Court person, that Supreme Court justice in there, is huge. And that’s going to happen. And that has to be the right person.

Overturning judicial activism like Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton is not simply “some sort of reactionary movement.” The pro-life movement has been around since well before the 1973 decisions. The decisions, despite what the seven male justices at the time may have hoped for, did not solve the abortion question, but rather created a bigger debate. Handler went on:

We can’t go back in time. We have to move forward. And everybody who wants to reform and, you know, take us back, that’s not the way the world is anymore. You have to grow and move forward.

It’s true that “that’s not the way the world is anymore,” but not as Handler describes it. The United States is only one of seven nations which allows for elective abortions past 20-weeks, and one of four that allows it until birth — something the rest of the world, including even Europe, refuses to do. Besides this, dehumanizing human beings so they can be killed is anything but “grow[ing] and mov[ing] forward.” But Handler continued:

And that’s an important, for people who don’t think it’s necessary for them to vote, that’s something you have to consider. It’s your future, it’s your children’s future, it’s everybody you care about, it’s their future and their children’s future. I just want to impress upon it, you know, for people to do that.

It’s sad that Handler would talk about abortion and people’s futures, particularly the future of children, in the same conversation, but it is not surprising. In the past, Handler has noted how glad she is that she aborted two children 25 years ago.

What abortion apologists overlook is the fact that if people are aborted, they have no future and no right to vote. What Handler is suggesting is that women vote to protect abortion — the legal dehumanization and destruction of human beings who do not have a voice in the matter.

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