In the wake of several states passing some of the most extreme abortion laws to date, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addressed an anti-abortion crowd on Monday night and attacked the pro-choice movement as forcing its views on American women, according to HuffPost.
Haley, who left her post within the Trump administration last year, said “many on the left use the abortion debate to divide women and demand conformity,” during her speech at the Susan B. Anthony List’s Campaign for Life Gala in Washington, D.C., adding: “They do this in the name of feminism. But that is not real feminism.”
But HuffPost noted that within her attack on those who hold the pro-choice view, Haley inadvertently affirmed the key element of the movement’s position:
“The idea that women must adhere to a particular set of values is one of the most anti-women ideas in today’s culture,” she said. “It is a rejection of the ideas of equality and tolerance that the women’s movement is supposed to be about.”
By definition, the pro-choice movement seeks to afford all women the freedom and right to choose how they will approach their own reproductive healthcare; by comparison, the pro-life movement would see abortion eliminated as an option for countless women.
Several states under conservative leadership are currently pursuing or have already passed legislation that would effectively ban abortion — and in some cases punish women who elect to have the procedure.
HuffPost pointed to the law in Alabama, where “Republican Gov. Kay Ivey recently signed a bill making it a felony in the state for a doctor to perform an abortion in nearly all cases.”
Such laws are facing legal challenges, with the possibility of reaching the U.S. Supreme Court, where conservatives now have a majority.