Conservative pundit Tomi Lahren made headlines yesterday after she spoke out against Alabama’s ban on all abortions, which outlaws the procedure even in cases of rape or incest and punishes doctors who perform abortions with up to 99 years in prison.
The ban “doesn’t save life, it simply forces women into more dangerous methods, other states or countries,” she said yesterday. “You don’t encourage life via blanket government mandate!”
Those words attracted the ire of white nationalist Faith Goldy, who said Lahren’s perspective “is anti-Christian, anti-family, and anti-freedom as all liberty depends on life.”
Lahren responded soon afterward.
“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,” she said, warning Goldy against evaluating her “Christian faith based on your moral superiority complex.”
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.
P.S. you’re not God so don’t you dare evaluate my Christian faith based on your moral superiority complex. https://t.co/TUbRPqudkm
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) May 16, 2019
Lahren is one of the most divisive figures on Twitter, but people gave her credit and thanked her for coming out against the law just the same.
Tomi, I rarely agree with you but this, just like your take on AntiVaxxers, is spot on. These draconian abortion laws are going to get women killed, be it through shady back alley abortions or suicide. Good to see republican hardliners on the same side.
— Death (@DeathAHorseman) May 17, 2019
Proud of you for speaking up for what’s right when I’m sure a majority of your followers would drag you for it.
— Heather Marie (@SnowWhite_NE) May 16, 2019
Way to have the courage to disagree with the tribe. It's really hard. I don't agree with you on a lot of things, but I respect someone willing to speak out.
— Jeff Whitlock (@JeffreyWhitlock) May 17, 2019
I am finding common ground with you on this. Thank you for speaking up and challenging this.
— Kaeleen Michelle🌈 (@kaeleenmichelle) May 17, 2019
Thank you for choosing to live in the grit of factual reality on this issue.
— Joyce Johnson (@BlueDotDoc) May 16, 2019
Lahren’s views on abortion have previously troubled members of the far right.
Lahren admitted that she feels the government has no place weighing in on the abortion debate during a 2017 appearance on The View.
“I’m … you know, someone that loves the Constitution and I am someone that’s for limited government, and so I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say ‘I’m for limited government, but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies,’” she said at the time. “I can sit here and say that, as a Republican, and I can say that ‘You know what, I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns and you can stay out of my body as well.’”
Lahren’s views proved so angered conservatives that she was suspended from her show on The Blaze.
Last year, Lahren faced similar criticism after she said that overturning Roe v. Wade “would be a big mistake.” While Lahren said that she’s personally pro-life, she stressed that she believes “it’s not the government’s place to dictate” what women do with their own bodies.