Bill Maher urges Roe v Wade alarmists to calm down: We’re not going back to 1973

Since Monday, activists on the left have worked themselves into a lather over the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned by the Supreme Court and, while he opposes that outcome himself, HBO’s Bill Maher took another shot at inane progressive alarmists arguing “we’re going back to 1973” by stating, “That’s just factually inaccurate.”

The host of “Real Time with Bill Maher” was joined by a pro-choice panel that included CNN contributor Paul Begala and former NBC Sports reporter Michele Tafoya to discuss the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion draft pertaining to the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Should the ruling come down as presented, the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade will be overturned and the right to pass laws pertaining to abortion will revert back to the states.

While Begala joined the fervor of his peers arguing that the decision would be taking the country back in time and lead to the imposition of restrictions on women’s rights, Maher wasn’t willing to let that slide by unchallenged.

“So, you know, for the people who say we’re going back to 1973, we’re not. That’s just factually inaccurate,” he countered.


Whether wittingly or not, Maher demonstrated the importance of open dialogue and the expression of free speech in discussing things he learned with the panel only recently.

“I learned this week…” he began, in part, about “pretty basic things that I did not know about abortion. Like in Europe, the modern countries of Europe are way more restrictive than we are or what they’re even proposing!”

“If you are pro-choice, you would like it a lot less in Germany, and Italy, and France, and Spain, and Switzerland. Did you know that? I didn’t know that,” he said.

In fact, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) pointed out after the Supreme Court had announced they would be hearing the challenge to Dobbs, representing the law he signed, he had stated, “There are 42 countries in Europe that allow elective abortions. 39 of these countries … will still have more strict limits on abortions than the state of Mississippi.”

Maher went on to add, “I learned most people who are pro-life are women. I did not know that. Most abortions are from… mothers, people who have a kid… And I thought this was interesting, most abortions now – even when you go to a clinic are done with a pill. The pill. And pills are easy to get in America.”

Polling like the comedian pointed out is not new. The issue is how often it goes misrepresented. While vocal proponents of abortion will argue that there are more people in favor than opposed, they will ignore the limitations that supporters want to qualify that access with. Most often, beyond the first trimester, support for abortion plummets with most only willing to make exceptions to bans in the case of rape and incest.

“The far left wants all of us to believe that a majority of Americans are for abortions. That’s just not true,” Reeves said. “Only 18 percent of Democrats believe that abortion should be legal in the third trimester … In that same [Gallup] poll, only 41 percent of all Americans believe in abortion being legal after first trimester.”

Maher pushed back against the concept of the nearly 50-year precedent making Roe somehow sacred as well.

“This whole bullsh*t argument about, ‘Well, it’s settled law.’ So was segregation. Plessy v. Ferguson was ‘settled law’ in 1896 and thank God somebody said let’s unsettle it. So it’s not – that’s a bullsh*t argument. It’s what you think. If you like babies, then you’re pro-life and if you like women, you’re pro-choice. I like women,” he argued.

As for any other proposed consequences coming from the overturning of Roe, Maher called those out for being absurd as well and, though he stands firm to his own position on abortion, he does not believe even the conservative Justices are seeking a segregated America.

“Clarence Thomas is [in] an interracial marriage,” Maher noted. “Do you think Clarence Thomas – I just – I feel like…abortion is unique. It is. Because people either – you just have this view that it’s murder – I could put the argument on a hat when people talk about a woman’s right, murder isn’t a right. If you think it’s murder – I don’t – again, crazy me.”


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