Joy Reid, an MSNBC host, has Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) agreeing with her about the Texas pro-life law protecting children who have a detectable fetal heartbeat from abortion. She said this new law places America on the precipice of becoming Gilead from “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
The MSNBC host opened her Tuesday show, “The ReidOut,” by basically saying that instead of passing pro-life protections for the unborn, the lawmakers in Texas should focus on “lifesaving” measures like mask mandates for schoolchildren.
“In Texas, you cannot mandate lifesaving masks to prevent the spread of COVID,” she said.
She went so far as to call the Supreme Court’s originalist justices “terrifying harbingers of the future of Roe v. Wade.” And then she warned: “By next summer, we could be living in our own version of The Handmaid’s Tale.”
After such radical statements, she asked this opinion of Senator Warren.
“People think it’s hyperbolic when I tweet about The Handmaid’s Tale coming to America,” Reid confessed, “but I don’t think it seems hyperbolic now. Does it to you?”
Warren immediately replied, “No.”
The senator continued by saying that wealthy women will continue to find a way to have an abortion, therefore the Texas heartbeat law has nothing to do with protecting innocent life. She said that this law really is about “bearing down on the woman or trans person or non-binary, who is working three jobs, the one who’s already stretched to the limit, the one who is a child who has just found out that she is pregnant and doesn’t know how to get organized to get herself the kind of medical treatment that she needs.”
Reid quickly said, “You can get an amen for every single word of that.” Then the host turned to Alexis McGill Johnson, president of the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
Sticking with her “literary” theme, Reid brought up the 1985 Margaret Atwood book again. She warned that the success of Texas would give the impetus to those seeking to usher in policies like those implemented in “The Handmaid’s Tale” nationwide.
Reid said, “These autocratic men want control of the whole country. They’re coming for California right now.” This is a reference to California gubernatorial recall frontrunner Larry Elder. “They’re coming for the whole country. They’re not going to be satisfied until the whole country is Gilead. Wake up,” Reid declared.
This sentiment was duplicated by CNN’s Kate Bolduan. She said, “Let’s just be real. The very same people, in the very same state, who say, ‘Don’t you dare tell me to wear a mask!’ The same people who say that is government overreach because it violates individual freedoms, those very same people clearly are saying now, never mind when it comes to my body and the medical decisions that I make with the advice of my doctor. Now that choice is totally fair game apparently to be taken out of my hands and dictated now by a bunch of politicians.”
After venting for a while, Boulduan summed it up by saying,
“That is hypocrisy. This is hypocrisy, the definition of.”
Jeffrey Toobin, a CNN legal analyst, chimed in with agreement that the decision of the Supreme Court to not intervene was “a disgrace.”
Toobin declared, “This is the second-most famous opinion of the last 100 years of the Supreme Court, second probably only to Brown v. Board of Education, and here it is being tossed out without a word from the Supreme Court. How can they possibly allow this? … It’s an absolute disgrace.”
Those who are in favor of the Texas law maintain that it promotes the best science and the will of the state’s voters.
A total of 49% of Texans supported the heartbeat bill according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll taken in the spring. And 54% of the state voters indicated that Texas should ban all abortions if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said, “The Texas legislature, acting on the will of the people, debated and passed this law with the very simple goal of protecting unborn children with beating hearts from death in the womb.”
She continued, “This is how democracy works. The American people are hungry to finally let this debate play out across the country and be given the opportunity to catch our laws up with compassion for women and children and science. After nearly 50 years of suppression, we are hopeful that the Supreme Court will soon afford Americans the opportunity to finally let their voices be heard on the greatest human rights issue of our day.”