Liberal TV hosts say US is not a democracy compared to Gilead for abortion

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United States Supreme Court plans to challenge long-standing abortion rights precedent set in 1973 case Roe vs. Wade and two prominent commentators offered strong opinions on the matter on Friday.

The nine judges heard oral argument this week at Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – a potential landmark case where the state of Mississippi asks the court to overturn Roe deer and authorize its almost total ban on abortion after the 15th week of pregnancy.

MSNBC host Joy Reid and The late show host Stephen Colbert both addressed the issue on Friday, with Reid focusing his anger on Republicans and Colbert highlighting the composition of the court. Both compared the United States to autocratic regimes.

“Welcome to the new Gilead, right here in the United States of America,” Reid said on his MSNBC show. The ReidOut.

She was referring to the fictional Christian Fundamentalist State from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel. The Handmaid’s Tale.

The maids’ costumes from the HBO series based on this book have become a feature of many protests against abortion restrictions.

“Women are not welcome here,” said Reid.

“Correction: Women who do not exist purely as vessels for a fetus are not welcome here,” she added, then taking the Mississippi case to the Supreme Court and releasing a clip from the Associate Judge Amy Coney Barrett asking about adoption during oral argument. .

Reid went on to target Republicans who oppose abortion and see themselves as pro-life. Six of the nine Supreme Court justices were appointed by Republican presidents.

“Republicans love to say they’re pro-life. But the most accurate term is they’re pro-birth,” Reid said. “Because once this baby is born, he stops caring. And depending on your skin color, he may not even think of you as a full human being. “

“If they cared about children after birth, they would support universal health care, social services, food for children whose families cannot afford, fully fund education and gun reform. fire so that children do not have to do mass shooting exercises at school, ”she continued.

“They would be supporting the Build Back Better program, which invests in housing and the environment and is the biggest affordable health care expansion in a decade. Sadly, no Republican voted for this bill,” said Reid.

Colbert, host of CBS ‘ The late show, discussed the composition of the Court and the likelihood that the judges will overturn Deer, also play the audio of oral arguments.

He underlined a month of November Washington post/ ABC News poll which found that only 27% of Americans want Roe deer canceled, while 60 percent think the previous one should be maintained.

“It’s more than two to one,” said Colbert. “So if it’s that unpopular, why is everyone saying it’s going to happen? Well, I don’t mean to be too technical, but – what’s the word – we don’t live in a democracy.”

“Five of the nine judges were appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote; the last three confirmed by a Republican Senate which now represent 41 million Americans less than the Democrats, ”he continued.

“In fact, Republican senators have not represented the majority of the American population since 1996. A lot has changed since 1996. At the time, the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to Kevin Spacey – and the best director was Mel Gibson, ”Colbert said. noted.

The Court has the choice to cancel or confirm Deer, but judges could also choose to let the precedent subsist while allowing more restrictions on abortion earlier in pregnancy.

Activists from the Center for Popular Democracy Action hold photos of U.S. Supreme Court justices as they block an intersection during a protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court on December 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. MSNBC’s Joy Reid and The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert both criticized the possibility of the court overturning Roe v. Wade.
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