I’ve always found using the term “pro-life” to describe people who oppose abortion fairly ridiculous. First, it’s an absolute misnomer to assume that just because someone supports the right for women to choose what they want to do with their own bodies, they must be “pro-abortion.” I support abortions rights, but I am not what you would call “pro-abortion.” I simply believe in a woman’s right to choose for herself what happens to her body.
Not only that, but many of these so-called “pro-lifers” are also people who are the first to support war, the death penalty and guns. That’s sort of like claiming you’re an advocate for healthy eating while washing down fried chicken and ice cream six nights a week with a 3-liter of Mountain Dew.
Well, Trevor Noah teed off on this pro-life hypocrisy Monday night, asking why Republicans seem to stop being pro-life the moment it comes to gun violence.
He played several clips of Republicans condemning Planned Parenthood, including Carly Fiorina who flat-out lied during the second GOP debate about an abortion video that doesn’t even exist. He then showed some of these same people talking about gun violence – only in a much less “pro-life” sort of way. You know, the typical “guns aren’t the problem” nonsense they regurgitate anytime some horrific mass shooting occurs.
It’s like I wrote the other day, when it comes to gun violence Republicans are absolute cowards. They’ll never stand up to the NRA or the radical pro-gun fanatics who support them no matter how many innocent lives are lost in this country because too many of them lack the fortitude to actually admit that our lax gun laws are the reason why so many “bad guys” get their hands on dangerous weapons.
These are the folks who literally argue that mental illness is to blame, not guns – while supporting policies that make it more likely mentally ill people get guns and less likely they get help. After all, since Sandy Hook (when the “it’s mental illness” argument really took off), how many pieces of legislation have Republicans in Congress supported that aimed at reducing the likelihood that someone suffering from a dangerous form of mental illness was unable to obtain a gun?
That number would be zero. If they had worked with Democrats in a bipartisan manner, we would have seen those policies enacted.
Noah then pointed out what liberals have said for years, that the GOP only pretends to care about life before it’s born. He pondered how much good Republicans could do if they channeled their “pro-life” energy toward saving the thousands of lives lost at the hands of guns as opposed to constantly obsessing about abortion.
“The amount of lives they save could reach superhero levels,” Noah said at the end of the segment. “They just need to have a superhero’s total dedication to life. Right now they’re more like comic book collectors: human life only holds value until you take it out of the package, and then it’s worth nothing.”
Watch the video below via Comedy Central: