On Monday, NBC’s “The Good Place” actress Jameela Jamil suggested children are better off being killed by abortion in the womb than living a life that would include placement in foster care.
The actress, who is consistently promoting social justice causes, made the statement while criticizing Georgia’s new pro-life legislation, commonly known as the “heartbeat bill.” The law bans abortion after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected, which is typically around six weeks gestation.
“This anti-abortion law in Georgia is so upsetting, inhumane, and blatantly demonstrative of a hatred of women, a disregard for our rights, bodies, mental health, and essentially a punishment for rape victims, forcing to carry the baby of their rapist,” claimed the 33-year-old.
This is incorrect, however, as the law has an explicit caveat for rape, incest, and the life of the mother.
Jamil continued, revealing that she had an abortion when she was younger, which she called “the best decision” she’s ever made, and suggesting death-by-abortion is more optimal than placement in foster care:
“I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Both for me, and for the baby I didn’t want, and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially. So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel.”
After swift backlash over the comments, Jamil added a third tweet to her thread some 20 minutes later to clarify her remarks — sort of. According to the actress, only some kids would be better off being killed via abortion than living in foster care, because not “ALL” foster parents are bad.
“Ps.. this isn’t any diss at ALL to foster homes. I’m in awe of people who take in children in need of a family and a home: but if Georgia becomes inundated with children who are unwanted or unable to be cared for, it will be hard to find great fostering for them all,” she wrote.
Jamil posted her controversial comments captioning a piece from Slate, titled “Georgia Just Criminalized Abortion. Women Who Terminate Their Pregnancies Would Receive Life in Prison.”
This is also untrue, as outlined on Tuesday by The Daily Wire. The law applies to third parties committing the abortion. For example, an abortionist providing an illegal abortion, or a man beating a woman and killing her baby, would be in deep legal trouble for murder; not the woman so-called “self-terminating.”
“The heartbeat bill did not repeal a number of Georgia criminal statutes that explicitly apply to abortions and unborn children, and it does not overrule controlling legal authority holding that these statutes bar prosecution of a woman for terminating her own pregnancy,” explained conservative columnist David French at National Review.
And, again, the law provides exemptions in cases of rape, incest, and the life of the mother: