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The best-selling author tweeted, “It has been said before, but it bears repeating: if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.”
It has been said before, but it bears repeating: if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 13, 2023
This led many Twitter users to point out that his side of the debate believes that men can actually get pregnant, which means his conclusion stands in opposition to his supposed beliefs.
“Never pegged Stephen King to be a TERF,” another person said, identifying King’s stance as that of a “trans-exclusionary radical feminist.”
“Are you saying men can’t get pregnant?” another person asked.
“Welcome to the transphobe club, Stephen! There are many of us already here, including fellow author [J.K. Rowling]. Have you met?” another person responded.
“I’m reliably told that men, in fact, can get pregnant. You bigot,” another person said.
The tweet quickly went viral after the author shared it Thursday, earning 4.2 million views.
Abortion remains a hot button political issue following the 2022 reversal of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court. Now states are able to make their own abortion laws, which most recently led to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signing the Heartbeat Protection Act into law. This will restrict abortions in the state after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually around six weeks gestation.
Other states which have similar laws include Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Texas. A new report found that there were 32,000 fewer abortions since the Dobbs decision.
King is no stranger to getting mocked online. In January, he shared his opinion on banned books, which also sparked a big reaction on social media.
“Hey, kids! It’s your old buddy Steve King telling you that if they ban a book in your school, haul your ass to the nearest bookstore or library ASAP and find out what they don’t want you to read,” King’s tweet said.
Many followers pointed out that these “banned” books often included pornographic images which are inappropriate for children.
“Does this include pornography? Because I’m pretty sure parents don’t want you telling their children to access pornographic material.” Stephen Miller, former senior advisor to President Trump said at the time.
“I’m not sure Stephen understands how creepy this is, considering the materials that are being restricted are openly pornographic,” Nick Frietas, a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, responded.