Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner (D) complained on Wednesday that Republicans were doing more to try to outlaw abortion than they were to address the shortage of baby formula.
“There’s a national shortage of baby formula. That means babies are going hungry. Instead of taking care of our nation’s children, conservatives are worried about banning abortions. Sickening,” she tweeted.
There’s a national shortage of baby formula. That means babies are going hungry. Instead of taking care of our nation’s children, conservatives are worried about banning abortions. Sickening.
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) May 11, 2022
Critics were quick to point out that in continuing to stand up against abortion, Republicans were quite literally fighting to keep babies alive — while others pointed out that Turner’s pro-abortion stance did the opposite, regardless of her position on solving the baby formula shortage.
“Right… Apparently, killing children while handing more power over to a currently Democrat-controlled disaster of a govt is somehow ‘taking care of children’ in Nina’s fantasy land,” Leonydus Johnson tweeted in response.
Apparently, killing children while handing more power over to a currently Democrat-controlled disaster of a govt is somehow "taking care of children" in Nina's fantasy land https://t.co/Bqeiexgmtk
— Leonydus Johnson (leave/me/alone) (@LeonydusJohnson) May 11, 2022
But Turner was not the only one to tie the baby formula shortage to the recently-leaked early opinion draft indicating that the Supreme Court might be poised to overturn landmark abortion cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
“Roe v Wade going away while there’s a massive baby formula shortage adds a level of cruelty that can only be described as American,” Ron Placone tweeted.
Melanie Dione asserted her own theory, adding, “Furthering the proof that we all died when Prince died and this is hell, don’t let today’s vote on codifying Roe v. Wade distract you from the fact that there is a baby formula shortage in several states.”
“The writers really jumped the shark when they overturned Roe during a baby formula shortage all in one episode,” illustrator Lauren Walsh complained.
“Really wild how there is a formula shortage at the exact same time Roe v. Wade is under attack. ‘We don’t want y’all to have abortions, but we’re also not going to ensure the babies we’re gonna force you to have can eat now or in the future’ is truly remarkable! In a bad way!” another argued.
Anna James Zeigler pointed out the irony, noting that the people complaining about the juxtaposition of the two issues were admitting that abortion ends a human life.
“‘How can you consider striking Roe when there’s a formula shortage!?’ implies the obvious: an abortion ends a life, the life of a human who will need nourishment,” she said.
However, Republicans have been working in Congress to address the shortage. As The Daily wire reported earlier this week, “Republicans Randy Feenstra of Iowa and Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma introduced the Formula Act on Wednesday morning, legislation that would direct Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ‘to establish and communicate to Congress clear standards by which it domestically regulates infant formula.’ The lawmakers said these standards could also be applied to imported foreign infant formula, allowing Americans access to more available formula brands.”
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) also wrote a letter to the FDA, addressing a recent recall and what could be done to ramp up production and availability of infant formulas.