Last night on Real Time with Bill Maher, the HBO host shared his opinion that the abortion debate could give a “tangible sort of concrete pretext” to Americans who are not opposed to the idea of secession.
“This gives a real issue to it. I wonder where this is going,” said Maher. “Because we seem to be going towards this place in America where we’re going to be two countries. One where you’re a free woman, and one where it’s a Dred Scott situation.”
Former Senator Jane Harman didn’t seem too worried about this prospect, mentioning polling results that are largely in favor of Roe v. Wade and her 1992 congressional victory for which she partly credits her pro-choice stance.
“You’re kind of making my point. That’s not where we are now,” Maher said to Harman.
Earlier during his panel discussion, Maher criticized protests that have taken place outside the homes of Supreme Court justices following the leaked majority opinion that signaled the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
He implied that outgoing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was “down with this” when she told reporters at a briefing last week “I don’t have an official U.S. Government position on where people protest.”
“But we do!” Maher stated. “It’s wrong! It’s intimidation! It’s against the law!”
Even though Maher acknowledged that those gathering have not been “terribly violent,” he asked his guests: “Would you want this outside your house?”
Harman agreed with Maher, citing a 1950 law that says no one can protest outside a residence to influence a judge, adding “it would be much better” if protestors had a rally in Washington D.C. (which they have) and implied that she might even consider going.
“So much of what we’re seeing right now is unprecedented compared to the days of 1992,” said the second panelist, political scientist Ian Bremmer. “You didn’t have opinions leak. You didn’t have people- masses demonstrated outside of the houses of Supreme Court justices!”
Watch a brief clip of the panel discussion above.
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