The singer and actress, who has never shied away from criticizing Donald Trump and other conservatives, posted an expletive-filled tweet on Wednesday slamming anti-abortion activists who call themselves “pro-life.” According to Midler, 73, the lawmakers who voted to criminalize abortion are “Neanderthals” who care more about letting a baby be born than actually providing necessities like health care or education for it afterwards.
Midler’s heated message predictably stirred up some intense debate. Anti-abortion organization American Life League accused the Beaches star of hating children, though many fans voiced agreement with her statement.
No. This is about the system that makes people’s life a living nightmare.
— Thomas Wergeland (@ThomasWergeland) May 22, 2019
Preach, Mrs Bette!
— @Ryan🌊 (@MrStrayDawg) May 22, 2019
Why do Hollywood elitists have such contempt for children who grow up different than them?
There’s no greater contempt for children and parents living in poverty than there is from wealthy adults.
— American Life League (@AmerLifeLeague) May 22, 2019
It has nothing about pro life, it's control. Keep a woman barefoot & pregnant, doing house work.
I'm 60 years old, I know what I'm talking about. They say anything different, they're lying.
What about the babies in cages, marking poor kids off to war?
— Gary R Jordan (@GaryRJordan) May 22, 2019
It’s not Midler’s first comment on the issue. Last week she shared supermodel Gigi Hadid’s statement supporting abortion rights — though Hadid noted that she opposes late-term abortion — and added “It’s amazing that men still think they have agency over women and their bodies in this day and age.”
Bravo, Gigi, and this is from a nun, no less. It’s amazing that men still thinks they have agency over women and their bodies in this day and age. https://t.co/Hq8CEktoe4
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 19, 2019
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