Conservative commentator and FOX Nation host Tomi Lahren, who was fired by TheBlaze back in 2017 for calling it “hypocritical” to both support limited government and pro-life abortion laws, criticized Alabama’s “heartbeat bill” on Thursday as “too restrictive.”
“I will be attacked by fellow conservatives for saying this but so be it, this Alabama abortion ban is too restrictive,” said Lahren. “It doesn’t save life, it simply forces women into more dangerous methods, other states or countries. You don’t encourage life via blanket government mandate!”
After some of the pushback she expected online, Lahren followed up her post by replying to a tweet slamming her stance as “anti-Christian, anti-family, and anti-freedom.”
“If you think banning abortion with no exception for rape or incest will stop women from terminating pregnancy, you’re not being honest with yourself,” wrote Lahren, adding: “P.S. you’re not God so don’t you dare evaluate my Christian faith based on your moral superiority complex.”
Lahren caused a stir on the right back in March 2017 when she voiced her pro-choice perspective during an appearance on “The View.” At the time, Lahren hosted her own show on Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze TV, but her comments drove a wedge between herself and her employer resulting in her suspension and a wrongful termination lawsuit.
“I’m pro-choice, and here’s why,” Lahren told the hosts of “The View.” “I am a constitutional, you know, someone that loves the Constitution. I’m someone that’s for limited government. So I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies. I can sit here and say that, as a Republican and I can say, you know what, I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”
In response, Beck suspended Lahren and engaged in a back and forth with her on Twitter, as noted by Variety. “Rule another label out. I am NOT a ‘constitutional.'” Beck tweeted. “I believe in LIFE, liberty and property. Just an old fashioned ‘constitutionalist.'”
“I have moderate, conservative, and libertarian views,” Lahren tweeted the next day. “I’m human. I will never apologize, to anyone, for being an independent thinker.” In response, Beck wrote: “Wait, libertarian views? Help me out on Trumpcare, stimulus, and executive orders. Trump is anything but libertarian.”
Lahren eventually sued TheBlaze and Beck for wrongful termination, the parties ultimately settling in May 2017.
“The deal allows the 24-year-old pundit to be freed from her employment contract — which was to expire in September — and pursue new work that competes with The Blaze,” The Dallas Morning News, which broke the story, reported. “She also gets to keep the Facebook page that The Blaze created for her, and on which she has amassed 4.3 million followers. Lahren will ‘promptly’ return The Blaze’s ‘intellectual property’ that was posted to the Facebook page, said her lawyer, Brian Lauten. In court hearings, Lauten had offered to delete all of the videos produced by The Blaze off the Facebook page, which would include some of Lahren’s most popular posts. Some had been watched more than 67 million times.”
Correction: A previous version of this article described Lahren as a Fox News contributor. It has been corrected to list her correct role as a FOX Nation host.