Liberal singer and actress Bette Midler tweeted a statement claiming that abortion-giant Planned Parenthood was not “killing children” — and then claimed that the National Rifle Association (NRA) was.
“Planned Parenthood isn’t killing children,” the statement read. “You’re thinking of the NRA.”
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) May 8, 2022
A number of critics quickly pointed out the fact that while the NRA does support legal and responsible firearm ownership and provides training for those who do own firearms, the NRA neither provides nor sells firearms or ammunition.
Planned Parenthood, in contrast, terminates the lives of hundreds of thousands of unborn children each year.
Still, Midler has gone on the rampage since an early draft opinion was leaked last week, sparking a firestorm of outrage and protests. The draft, written by conservatives Justice Samuel Alito, indicated that the Supreme Court could be on the verge of overturning the landmark abortion rulings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
“#SCOTUS has revealed itself to be just another political tool, as the three new unabashedly biased conservatives plus the old push the court to undermine women’s rights. Shameful. They will never recover from this; it’s right up there with #DredScott and #PlessyVFerguson,” she tweeted last week.
“In his draft to abolish #RoeVWade, #JusticeAlito noted, as #JusticeAmyConeyBarrett did during the oral argument before the court, that safe haven laws allow women to drop off babies anonymously. There are 400,000 children in foster care. How can a failing system handle any more?” Midler added, appearing to suggest that terminating the lives of unborn children was somehow preferable to allowing the system to be further overburdened.
She also agreed with Congressman Eric Swalwell, who claimed in the wake of the leaked draft that Republicans did not care about women’s health because they were the “party of mass shooters.”
“You know who had a heartbeat? Every child murdered in their school because Republicans are the party of mass shooters. This isn’t about heartbeats. This is about criminalizing women,” Swalwell said of the heartbeat bills that have been passed in several Republican-led states, outlawing abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
“Truth told and re-told. Now it’s your turn. Re-tweet,” Midler responded.
Truth told and re-told. Now it's your turn. Re-tweet. https://t.co/LD9cGrP5Sg
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) May 9, 2022
Blaming the NRA for gun crimes is also routine for Midler, who tweeted “Hey, hey #NRA! HOW MANY LIVES DID YOU TAKE TODAY??” back in 2019.