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John Oliver Rages Against Dems' Embarrassing Roe v. Wade Response

Added 06-27-22 03:49:01am EST - “The "Last Week Tonight" host couldn't believe that Democratic leadership so utterly failed to meet the moment?"including Pelosi reciting a poem and one representative doing yoga.” - Thedailybeast.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thedailybeast.com: “John Oliver Rages Against Dems’ Embarrassing Roe v. Wade Response”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The “Last Week Tonight” host couldn’t believe that Democratic leadership so utterly failed to meet the moment—including Pelosi reciting a poem and one representative doing yoga.

This week saw the highly politicized Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 ruling protecting a woman’s right to an abortion (in other words, granting women bodily autonomy and keeping the government out of their uteruses).

The move was met with widespread condemnation, especially given how right-wing organizations have launched an ugly decades-long campaign against a woman’s right to choose (including bribing Jane Roe, aka Norma McCorvey, to speak out against the decision), and four of the five conservative Supreme Court justices who voted to strike down Roe—Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett—stating during their Senate confirmation hearings that it was settled law. The move will result in 22 states banning abortion, along with 13 states that immediately banned it due to trigger laws.

“It’s absolutely horrifying,” exclaimed John Oliver on Sunday evening’s edition of Last Week Tonight, before taking aim at some of the “gleeful responses” from Republicans in the wake of the decision, including Mike Pence, who said that “life won.”

“Which is pretty tough to take given that especially for some, especially disabled people and other vulnerable groups, forced pregnancy could be a death sentence,” offered Oliver. “And make no mistake: this decision is sweeping. It says that states could limit abortion at all stages of development—phrasing that could mean from the moment of conception onward with no exceptions.”

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