Journalist Ana Kasparian on her viral pro-choice video and why faith and politics must stay separate
The Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade June 24, officially ending federal abortion protections in the United States. Social media quickly erupted, and a video of journalist Ana Kasparian’s impassioned pro-choice rant from 2018 went viral, reigniting the conversation about the role of faith in politics.
In the clipKasparian discusses a pro-life bill with his co-host on Young Turks, when he mentions the Bible’s position on abortion. Visibly frustrated, Kasparian fired back with her take on the role of faith in reproductive rights.
“I don’t care if you’re a Christian. I don’t care what the Bible says,” Kasparian says in the viral video. “You can’t tell me how I live my life based on your religion.”
Today, Kasparian stands by comments she made in 2018. “It’s surfaced many times,” she told Yahoo Life. She says her frustration that day came from the fact that Americans are being taught to fight for religious freedom, yet a single belief system carries so much weight in political conversation.
“What the religious text of a particular faith says does not apply to the rest of the population in a country that has constitutional protections against church and state,” Kasparian told Yahoo Life. “Once we get into the weeds of what the Bible allows, we allow them to frame it as if their particular religion should rule us all, and I’m sorry our constitution says the opposite of that.”
Kasparian says that “even as an atheist, I support believers. I think it’s an important part of their life, an important part of their community. And I wouldn’t violate that in any way.”
As host and producer of the online news program Young Turks, Kasparian has been searching for the truth since 2007. The progressive political commentator is known for her strong opinions, smart shots and passionate delivery. She thinks her open and honest approach is what resonates with viewers, and she’s proud to use her voice and platform in a time when rights and freedoms are restricted.
After Roe vs. Wade was knocked down, Kasparian felt a range of emotions. “Once I really understood, I felt an overwhelming sense of rage, just this anger and rage, and also embarrassment on the international stage,” Kasparian said. “What we see with this series of terrible decisions that erode our rights, that intentionally misinterpret what our constitution says – I think we are going to suffer a lot of pain and suffering unless we can convince the Democratic Party to develop a set and fight on behalf of the people who put them in this position of power to begin with.”
Kasparian thinks one way for the younger generation to fight back and push for political action is to learn about the history of the anti-choice movement in this country. She points to numbers like Paul Weyera religious conservative political activist who coined the word “moral majority“in an effort to unite right-wing politicians and gain political power.
In 1971, Green vs. Connally removed the tax-exempt status of segregated private schools, which grew in the South after the passage of Brown v. The Board of Education. This caught the attention of evangelical leaders who wanted to continue running Christian schools dubbed “academies of segregationInstead of mobilizing voters around racial segregation, Weyrich and other political leaders came to power promoting pro-life rhetoric after Roe vs. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973.
“It was actually a response to separate private schools losing their tax-exempt status. That was the issue that really motivated him, and what he used to galvanize religious voters was the issue of abortion” , explains Kasparian de Weyrich. “And he did it out of intentional, alarmist misinformation about what happens during the procedure and what’s really behind it, in addition to wanting political power, is wanting to control women’s lives and bodies. .”
Reversal Roe vs. Wade stripped away the reproductive freedom of millions of Americans. Currently, abortion is banned in 13 states, but according to the Guttmacher Instituteat least 13 other Republican-led states are expected to ban the medical procedure.
Kasparian knows not everyone appreciates her comments in this viral video from 2018. She also knows that staying silent is not an option. As the midterm elections approach in November and inevitable political change looms on the horizon, she says now is the time to speak out and fight back.
“Things don’t automatically evolve in the direction of progress,” says Kasparian. “Everything must be fought and the rights we have must be maintained by continuing this fight.”
– Video directed by Jacquie Cosgrove
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