Comedian Bill Maher dove into controversial territory – so what else is new? — discussing the overturning of Roe v. Wade on his HBO show “Real Time” Friday night, saying, “For me, I personally — maybe this is an outlier attitude — I never have thought life itself was particularly precious. I don’t. I’m sorry, I don’t.”
He began the evening tossing in a few jokes linking Cinco de Mayo with the ongoing debate (and outrage) over the Supreme Court’s draft opinion that would reverse women’s right to choose with their own bodies. “Women, I gotta tell you, if you can’t remember what you did last night, you might want to get the abortion now,” he said, adding that Louisiana wants to pass a law that says, “flat out,” if you get an abortion, you get charged with murder. “Wow. Suddenly getting the right pronoun doesn’t seem so big, does it?”
After moving to his guest panel — Democratic strategist and CNN political contributor, Paul Begala, and former NBC sports reporter, Michele Tafoya – Maher opened up on the topic of the SCOTUS draft.
“People detest speaking about abortion, so let’s communicate about it,” Maher said, kicking things off. “Is this heading to be the galvanizing problem the left thinks it will?”
After Begala voiced his fear that the country would be reverting back to the practices of 1931 and that Michigan and Texas have laws that offer no exceptions for rape or incest, Tafoya offered her thoughts, “There’s gotta be a level at which we say, ‘ This is a human currently being capable of dwelling outside the womb.’”
Maher pointed out that when Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973, it was not a partisan issue. “It became a partisan issue because of the Christian right. They made it a partisan issue. They made it so that it became where the Democrats were for abortion being safe and legal and Republicans were also — when their mistresses got pregnant, of course,” he joked.
But he then he turned serious: “It is a gut thing. I mean, you know, we talk about the Constitution and laws and rights, and it really comes down to, ‘do you like women or do you like babies?’ For me, I personally—maybe this is an outlier attitude—I never thought life itself was particularly precious. I don’t. I’m sorry, I don’t. I’m that’s what, I really don’t.”
He continued, “I mean, I’m not serious. I think life is for the living room. Until you’re born you’re not living room. OK, I mean, yes, it’s becoming a life but – it’s not. We wouldn’t miss you if you’re not born because we never knew you. You’re not going to miss anything because you were never born. I’m serious. So that’s my position. I get that that’s not most people’s position.”