On Friday, CNN contributor Ana Navarro pointed to her own disabled family members in an attempt to defend abortion.
Navarro was speaking to host Alisyn Camerota and pro-life guest Alice Stewart about the Supreme Court decision which overturned Roe v. Wade and will send abortion back to the states to decide.
Stewart, defending the sanctity of life, pressed Navarro on how she, a professing Catholic, can claim to support life but also supports a woman’s “right to choose” abortion.
Navarro proceeded to point to her own severely disabled brother and her step-grandchildren, who have Down syndrome and autism respectively, appearing to argue that because she has seen how difficult it is to take care of her own family members, that mothers ought to have the right to abort babies that have the same diagnoses.
Currently, prenatal screenings for autism are unreliable and limited.
“I have a family with a lot of special needs kids,” she replied to Stewart. “I have a brother who’s 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 not all families can do it.”
“I have a step-grandaughter, who was born with Down syndrome, and you know what, it is very difficult, in Florida, to get services. It is not as easy as it sounds on paper,” she continued.
“And I’ve got another- another step-grandson who is very autistic, who has autism,” she went on.
“There are mothers and there are people who are in that society or in that community will tell you that they’ve considered suicide because that’s how difficult it is to get help, because that’s how lonely they feel, because they can’t get other jobs because they have financial issues, because the care that they’re able to give their other children suffers,” Navarro stated.
CNN commentator uses her disabled brother & step granddaughter who has Down syndrome as examples of why we need abortion.
The ugly cruelty. The utterly bald ageism and ableism. The unfettered call for violence against the unborn disabled. pic.twitter.com/qo3jdfkK8b
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) June 24, 2022
She went on to address the point that she is Catholic, claiming that it is merely her personal belief and that non-religious Americans need not be told what they “should do with their bodies.”
“And so why can I be Catholic and still think this is a wrong decision? Because I’m American,” she passionately continued. “I’m Catholic inside the church. I’m Catholic when it comes to me. But there’s a lot of Americans who are not Catholic and are not Christian and are not Baptist. And you have no d*** right to tell them what they should do with their bodies. Nobody does.”
A number of high-profile Catholic Americans have been criticized for their emphatically pro-abortion views, such as President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi has been denied communion by the archbishop of her local diocese due to her abortion views.
The official teaching of the Catholic church is that abortion is immoral due to the sanctity of life, as Stewart had pointed out to Navarro.
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