MSNBC contributor Joy Reid said efforts to prevent abortion past twenty weeks are not “pro-life” but “forced birth” with Martin Bashir on Tuesday.
After discussing comments from Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) — Reid saying she is “frightened” that the representative is an OB/GYN that treats women — Reid said:
“It’s so disconnected from the political reality that Republicans face. Republicans face a tremendous deficit with women voters, and so they keep putting on this spectacle over and over and over again…
“They’re obsessed with this idea of making women — this isn’t pro-life; this is forced birth. They are obsessed with this notion of shaming, compelling, coercing, whatever they have to do to make women give birth.
“It’s bizarre, but it is what they are about. Most of the legislation that these members of the House of Representatives — mostly all men — have put forward have been about abortion.” [Emphasis added]
She proceeded to say that Republicans keep “rolling back” the number of weeks at which abortion is acceptable, saying it’s to the point where you “really couldn’t may not even know you’re pregnant.”
Reid said she’ll take pro-life advocates “at their word” that they’re trying to save lives, but added immediately after: “But what they’re really doing is trying to force women to do what they want them to do. Forcible birth. It’s bizarre.”
Bashir concluded: “Jeese, it’s worse than bizarre.”
Watch the complete clip courtesy of MSNBC, below: