Actress Jane Fonda: I’ve considered ‘murder’ to stop laws protecting preborn humans

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In an appearance on “The View” on Friday, actress and liberal activist Jane Fonda suggested that in order to fight back against pro-life laws, she has considered resorting to “murder.” When host Joy Behar insisted Fonda was kidding, Fonda did not appear to agree, and also implied that laws protecting preborn humans from direct, intentional killing should be ignored.

“We have experienced many decades now of having agency over our body, of being able to determine when and how many children to have, we know what that feels like, we know what that’s done for our lives,” Fonda said. “We’re not going back, I don’t care what the laws are, we’re not going back.” (emphasis added)

Host Sonny Hostin responded, “That’s the activist speaking. She probably will get a Nobel Prize.”

Fonda replied, “But it’s the truth. It is the truth. We’re not gonna do it. We’re gonna fight.”

Asked by host Joy Behar what can be done to stop pro-life laws besides marching and protesting, Fonda replied, “Well, I’ve thought of murder.” When asked by actress Lily Tomlin to repeat herself, Fonda again stated, “Murder.”

Tomlin responded, “Don’t say that.”

Behar quickly added, “She’s just kidding. Wait a second… They’ll pick up on that and just run with it. She’s just kidding.”

Fonda then shot Behar a look that indicated she was not kidding.

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A long-time advocate of abortion, last year, Fonda signed her name to a demand letter penned by Abortion Within Reach, a coalition of abortion advocacy organizations, which stated it is the “right of every American to access safe and legal abortion.” It warned that if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, as it did just months later, it would result in pro-life laws protecting preborn human beings from abortion being enacted in half of U.S. states.

After Roe fell, Fonda told Le Monde that she was “sickened” and “mourning” that preborn children would be protected from violent deaths through abortion. She said the U.S. had “joined with backward countries who still have these almost medieval views of the role of women” and called the Supreme Court a “right-wing swamp.”

The false idea that mothers can’t achieve success is discriminatory. Scholar Erika Bachiochi explained, “Sexual equality via abortion looks to cure biological asymmetry — the fact that women get pregnant and men don’t — by promoting the rejection of women’s bodies. Authentic equality and reproductive justice would demand something far more revolutionary: that men and society at large respect and support women in their myriad capacities and talents which include, for most women at some time in their lives, childbearing.”

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