The Left’s hypocrisy on women’s rights is nauseating
Politicians who have spent years unable to utter the word ‘woman’ are now trying to pose as the defenders of their liberties
Abortion is far more divisive in America than any mere culture wars spat. Positions are deeply held, fuelled by moral or religious conviction, and leave no room for compromise. The leaked Supreme Court draft opinion this week unsurprisingly enraged pro-choicers.
Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court; references to Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, immediately began trending on Twitter – the implication being that women in America were to become slaves to their wombs. Commentators described their rage and sorrow. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said, ‘I am angry. Angry and upset and determined.’ Her words were echoed by a number of senior UK politicians, prompting the government to state ‘the UK fully supports reproductive rights globally, including safe and legal abortion’.
California’s famously liberal governor, Gavin Newsom vowed the state would ‘fight like Hell’ to oppose any ruling that threatened acces to abortion. ‘Our daughters, sisters, mothers and grandmothers will not be silenced,’ he tweeted, ‘the world is about to hear their fury.’ Back in the UK, Labour’s Harriet Harman said it was a ‘chilling reminder’ of the need to protect women’s rights. London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that he ‘stands with women across the United States today’.