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CNN contributor Ana Navarro has offered an emotional defense of abortion rights following the landmark Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
During CNN’s coverage of the landmark decision, Navarro appeared in a panel discussion where anchor Alisyn Camerota challenged GOP strategist Alice Stewart, who pointed to pregnancy centers and adoption agencies in the “pro-community.” -life” across the country that can help mothers with unexpected pregnancies, citing “some 410,000 children” in the foster care system who weren’t adopted and some babies will “obviously” have physical disabilities.
“What is the plan?” Camerota asked. “Obviously not all of them are currently supported.”
“Well, those are clearly important questions,” Steward replied. “And abnormalities of children, whether in the womb or after the child is born, is something that needs to be discussed and considered and obviously taken care of, again, at the state level. .”
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“Listen, no one has spoken for the past 50 years for the unborn child, the sanctity of life, and now people have had the opportunity to speak for the unborn child and that’s important,” Stewart told Camerota.
Stewart then turned to Navarro, whom she described as a “very passionate” woman of faith with a “huge heart”, while emphasizing that the Catholic faith “believes in life and supports the sanctity of life. “.
“I don’t understand how you can say on the one hand that you support life, but you agree with a woman’s decision to choose abortion,” Stewart said.
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Navarro pushed back, arguing that she or no one should “tell you what to do with your life or your womb.”
“I have a family with a lot of special needs kids,” Navarro said. “I have a brother who is 57 and has the mental and motor skills of a one-year-old. And I know what that means financially, emotionally, physically for a family. And I know all families can’t do it.”
“And I have a step-granddaughter who was born with Down’s Syndrome. And you know what? It’s very hard in Florida to get services. It’s not as easy as it used to be. ‘air on paper. And I have yet another step-grandson who is very autistic, who is autistic,” Navarro told Stewart.
She continued: “There are mothers and there are people who are in this society or in this community who will tell you that they have considered suicide because it is difficult to get help, because that they feel lonely, because they can’t find other jobs because they have financial problems, because the care they are able to give to their other children suffers.”
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“So why can I be a Catholic and still think that’s a bad decision? Because I’m an American,” Navarro replied to Stewart. “I’m Catholic inside the church. I’m Catholic when it comes to me. But there’s a lot of Americans who aren’t Catholic and aren’t Christians and aren’t Baptists. And you you don’t have the right to tell them what they should do with their bodies. No one does,” Navarro added.
Many pundits, presenters and TV hosts have spoken out against the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which had already been reported by the unprecedented leak of a draft opinion showing the five conservative justices in the majority.
The ruling gives states the power to legislate their own abortion laws, but the overturning of Roe v. Wade has also triggered “trigger laws” in several states that automatically restrict abortion access.
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The pro-life movement welcomed the High Court ruling and conservatives have long argued that abortion has never been a constitutional right despite Roe v. Wade. Liberals, however, warn that reversing abortion protections will have a domino effect on other rights such as contraception, same-sex marriage and even interracial marriage, which Justice Samuel Alito insisted on the fact that it would not occur in the majority opinion that he wrote since abortions in particular. involve a third party.