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1996 clip of George Carlin calling out pro-lifers resurfaces after Roe v. Wade draft leak. It's still relevant.

'They're not pro-life. You know what they are? They’re anti-woman, simple as it gets. They don't like women,' the late comedian says in the clip.

1996 clip of George Carlin calling out pro-lifers resurfaces after Roe v. Wade draft leak. It's still relevant.
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The United States has been in turmoil ever since late Monday when Politico published a draft opinion that suggests the Supreme Court is poised to overturn the constitutionally protected right to abortion ensured by the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade ruling. The wave of criticism and opposition that's risen following the news includes the revival of a clip from a stand-up show by comedy legend George Carlin in which he tears into the pro-life movement. The clip, from Carlin's 1996 HBO special "Back in Town," calls out the hypocrisy of pro-lifers who have campaigned against abortions and birth control for years while simultaneously lobbying against social programs that would have supported low-income and struggling families.


"Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren't they?" Carlin says in the clip. "They're all in favor of the unborn. They'll do anything for the unborn. But once you're born, you're on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to 9 months. After that, they don't wanna know about you. They don't wanna hear from you. No nothing! No neonatal care, no daycare, no Head Start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're pre-born, you're fine, if you're preschool, you're fu**ed."

"Conservatives don't give a sh*t about you until you reach military age," he continues. "Then they think you are just fine. Just what they've been looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers. Pro-life! These people aren't pro-life, they're killing doctors. What kind of pro-life is that? What, they'll do anything they can to save a fetus but if it grows up to be a doctor, they just might have to kill it?" Carlin added, blasting anti-abortion activists for extremist violence and intimidation against abortion providers that was common then and is sadly still in practice today.

"They're not pro-life. You know what they are? They’re anti-woman, simple as it gets. They don't like women. They believe a woman's primary role is to function as a broodmare for the state," the late comedian states in the clip. Carlin's words from nearly three decades ago still ring true today. According to CNBC, the leaked draft was written by Justice Samuel Alito, with the concurrence of at least four other conservative members of the Supreme Court. "We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled," Alito reportedly wrote in the 98-page draft decision on Mississippi’s strict new abortion law. "The inescapable conclusion is that a right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the Nation's history and traditions."


"It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives," the justice wrote. "Roe was egregiously wrong from the start." In a statement Tuesday morning, the court confirmed the document was authentic, reports CBS News. Chief Justice John Roberts denounced the leak as a "betrayal" and "a singular and egregious betrayal of trust" that would be fully investigated. Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the court after the draft was published and both Democrats and Republicans alike issued statements reacting to the implications of such a ruling.


"Let's be clear: This is a draft opinion. It's outrageous, it's unprecedented, but it is not final. Abortion is your right—and it is STILL LEGAL," tweeted Planned Parenthood. "If the report is accurate, the Supreme Court is poised to inflict the greatest restriction of rights in the past fifty years—not just on women but on all Americans," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement. "The Republican-appointed justices' reported votes to overturn Roe v. Wade would go down as an abomination, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in modern history."





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