Is there anything more obnoxious than someone constantly turning every argument into a race-baiting fight? At this point, I have to believe it’s the only reason the folks at MSNBC keep host Joy Reid on staff. This time she’s gone too far and compared the lawful actions of the Supreme Court to slavery.
I think we can all admit that slavery is a horrific piece of every country’s history and by no means, could the over turn of a federal abortion law come close to comparison. I have to believe, Reid, a black woman, knows better. Yet, there she is, claiming that local voters having a choice somehow gives that state ownership over women’s bodies.
“The Reid Out” opened with the report on the Kansas election which voted on whether or not to allow abortion bans in its state constitution. Reid referred to the state’s vote to keep abortion rights as an “F.U.” to pro-lifers, despite Kansas being a traditionally red state.
“But on Tuesday, Kansas had its own message to send, delivering a stunning FU to the right’s shock and awe campaign against bodily autonomy. It was testament to desire for abortion rights in this country in one of America’s reddest states with even rubier red pockets, rural, conservative, MAGA, where voters resoundingly rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed lawmakers to ban abortion in the state,” Reid reported.
She added, “In much clearer terms the right to an abortion will remain in the Kansas constitution, a state constitution, by the way, that in its original form was built on opposition to slavery.”
Reid continued the connection between abortion and slavery when discussing the vote with her guests.
“I think it’s actually poetic that it happened in Kansas. Because this is a state that wrestled with the question of who owns people. It wrestled with the question of slavery, and this question is a question of who owns you, who owns your body. And what Alito said is, your state owns your body. The minute you become pregnant your state owns your body and your state can tell you what to do with it. Sorry, no luck. You don’t own yourself,” Reid said.
Alito penned the majority opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade back in June. Last month, while in Rome, the justice blasted foreign critics of the decision “who felt perfectly fine commenting on American law.”
Reid attacked his speech for including jokes and further accused Alito of pushing religious autocracy.
“The arrogance of him and the arrogance of basically thinking it’s funny and also trying to put forth this idea that this country is a land of religious persecution against Christians, that Christians are being persecuted simply because women have the right to decide what to do with our own bodies,” Reid said.
One of her guests, Catholics for Choice President Jaime Manson, agreed with Reid’s “White Christian autocracy” sentiment, claiming abortion not only supported but “it’s required” in other religions.
“They want abortion to remain legal but, you know, the struggle for a lot of religious is that abortion is not only supported, abortion access, but it’s required, especially particularly by Jews and Muslims, so it is an infringement on their religious freedom and what we see is an incredible overreach by a White Christian nationalist movement trying to take away basic rights claiming that they are the ones under siege, and that’s really where it’s painful. This is how they build power,” Manson said.