Despite still claiming to be pro-life, former RNC chairman Michael Steele did nothing but softball to Abortion Access Front founder Lizz Winstead and comedian W. Kamau Bell to promote a video they recently did for Father’s Day. He made about how important it is for men to support abortion when he was a guest on MSNBC’s Velshi on Saturday.
Steele began by asking Winstead, co-founder of The Daily Show, “why was it important for you to produce this video and campaign for men to become more involved in the fight for abortion rights?”
Winstead must have brought her bingo card because what followed was an answer that used just about every left buzzword possible:
[W]I ran a campaign because, frankly, if you look historically, how patriarchy and white supremacy played a part, you know women couldn’t have a credit card. You know, husbands could make medical decisions, they could bind them, women to asylums, and so I think for years we just turned men away.
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What previous credit card or asylum bans had to do with abortion was something Winstead never addressed, and Steele never asked about. Instead, Winstead continued, “And I think what this video does so beautifully is that A uses humor to show dads and cis men how much they’ve benefited from both birth control and abortion, but also to tell the story of control.” and intervention into a story of men standing in solidarity with us.”
Steele turned to Bell and remarked, “You know, Kamau, that— rings up a very interesting point to me. Because if anyone is on the other side of this – from this – conversation, I’ve always believed that the – the – piece that was missing was men, you know. It always seems to put the weight, the burden on either one, whether it’s on the pro-life side or the pro-choice side, in women.”
If Steele is still pro-life, it could have sparked interesting conversations about how pro-choice men claim to be allies in the fight for women’s rights but find abortion useful.
But MSNBC isn’t having interesting conversations, as Steele continued, “was there ever a time when you thought this wasn’t your fight, this wasn’t your fight, and — and — what’s your message to other men who now might still have that fear of being involved within – the subject.”
Bell began by questioning Steele’s premise: “I mean, I think the fear of men is normally on my side, as you say on your side, I think men often weigh and tell women what they do with their bodies. must do.”
When the supposedly pro-life Steele started to burst, Bell added: “So I’d say that on this side of the aisle, guys often feel like they don’t need to engage in a conversation because — because — they [sic] are activists, there are women who are fighting. And I learned a long time ago from my wife, mother, and friends; I live in a place called the Bay Area of California, that we should all fight for everyone’s rights.”
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LifeNews Note: Alex Christy writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.