“I’m going to say something my fellow conservatives and Trump supporters may not like, but I must be true to my beliefs,” stated Tomi Lahren in her Fox News segment Final Thoughts on Tuesday. “Pressing for a Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade would be a huge mistake,” she continued, adding, “I would personally choose life, but I also feel it’s not the government’s place to dictate.”
Her seemingly pro-abortion statements have caused much controversy among conservatives, even resulting in her being fired from The Blaze. So what should we, as pro-life advocates, think regarding her comments?
On the one hand, are we really going to crucify Tomi Lahren for her one political belief which seems to deviate from the official Republican platform? If so, it is a ridiculous position for us to hold, especially since our biggest complaint about Lahren is she is too antagonizing and follows the Republican platform invariably.
She's now saying something obviously not copy-pasted from her conservative base, yet she’s still being attacked for it.
Furthermore, her argument against overturning Roe v. Wade was not a moral one but a pragmatic one. She said, “Even if conservatives decided to go for the Roe v. Wade jugular, it’s unlikely to succeed. Legal tradition makes it harder to overturn a past decision unless there are strong grounds for doing so.” Lahren also said, “A departure from precedent like Roe, which has since been upheld by other cases, is even harder to come by.”
She made a valid point when she asked, “Do we really want to fight for this, all to lose in the end anyway? That’s a risk I don’t think is worth taking.”
On the other hand, why would Lahren believe the government should not stop abortion? “I believe regulating social issues is an area where (the federal government) fails,” she said. So if the government is not good at preventing murder, it should just stop altogether?
Lahren herself said she would “choose life.” If that is the case, whether she realizes it or not she believes the preborn are not merely clumps of cells, but actually babies. If she were to follow that line of thinking to its logical conclusion, she should believe abortion is murder; and if abortion is murder, why shouldn’t the government try to get involved in preventing abortion?
Furthermore, Lahren has made comments to the effect that we should choose which fights to pick and she does not think overturning Roe v. Wade is a winnable fight. This confuses me greatly.
The American People do not back away from injustice; this is not how we operate. We do not back down from something we believe to be right simply because we are told we should learn to “pick our battles.” It is no justification for propping up mass murder to suggest people should just give up because it isn’t a winnable fight.
I believe Tomi Lahren is wrong about abortion. Her logic is almost as deeply flawed as abortion itself.
However, please let us all stop ripping on her. It is not as though she is advocating for Planned Parenthood. In fact, she said she believes in life and hopes churches can reach out to spread that message. We do not have to persecute people for disagreeing on one issue, especially when the person in question is not taking any action other than expressing an opinion.
Although I think this was the wrong issue for her to debate, Lahren has demonstrated when she believes in something she will defend it even if it deviates from what is expected of her.
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