Bette Midler — the outspoken left-wing activist who's also known for singing and acting — posted a tweet over the weekend actually claiming Planned Parenthood "isn't killing children" and that the National Rifle Association really is to blame for their deaths:
“Planned Parenthood isn’t killing children,” Midler's tweeted meme states. “You’re thinking of the NRA.”
But according to Planned Parenthood's most recently available stats, the organization performed 354,871 abortions in its 2019-2020 fiscal year — and a number of commenters on Midler's tweet argued in that spirit, saying Planned Parenthood certainly does kill children.
- "Funny, I haven’t killed anyone, and I’m a lifelong NRA member. I also don’t know anyone who owns a firearm, that has killed a child with said firearm. However, I can name several acquaintances who have had abortions — some multiple abortions," one commenter replied.
- "Planned Parenthood was designed to eradicate the black children in the U.S. by Margaret Sanger. It is still going on today. 79% of Planned Parenthood offices are in poor neighborhoods," another user told Midler. "What does that tell you?"
- "So why is it considered double homicide to kill a pregnant woman? If it's not 'killing a baby'? And NRA isn't killing people. People are killing people. With knives, swords, guns, blunt objects, cars, hands, etc.," another commenter pointed out.
- "Planned Parenthood has been murdering babies for decades...that's their main purpose for existing...taxpayers should not have to pay for other people's abortions...you fund them..please post examples of the NRA killing babies...you liberal lunatic..." another user wrote.
And then there was this comeback:
Hooray, there's more!
Midler's tweet was far from her only social media activity in the wake of last week's news of a leaked draft decision from the Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal across the country in 1973:
She just can't keep that thing buttoned, can she?
This wouldn't be the first time Midler opened her mouth a tad too wide:
- Last December she apologized after describing West Virginia as "poor, illiterate and strung out."
- Last summer she proposed a sex strike to fight Texas' abortion law but got torn to shreds by both sides of the political aisle.
- In May 2021, Midler got smacked down after comparing unvaccinated children attending in-person school to bringing peanut products to classrooms despite the danger to children with peanut allergies: "If my kid can't bring peanut butter to school then yours can't bring the deathly plague. Vaccinate or I'm bringing the Jiffy."
- In August 2020, she kinda-sorta apologized after a deluge of criticism for calling then-first lady Melania Trump an "illegal alien" during the Republican National Convention and saying, "Oh, God. She still can't speak English."