A Democrat and CNN political analyst sparked pushback on social media this week when she claimed the unborn baby growing inside a pregnant woman’s body is not a human being.
Christine Quinn made the comments during a debate over state abortion restrictions with former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and host Chris Cuomo. Quinn was the first female speaker of the New York City Council.
“When a woman gets pregnant, that is not a human being inside of her. It's part of her body,” Quinn said, adding that legalized abortion “is about a woman having full agency and control of her body and making decisions about her body and what is part of her body with medical professionals. Those are the facts and that is the law of the land.”
Santorum challenged her logic. By her worldview, he said, the baby is considered “chattel.”
“They can do whatever they want. They can torture the baby,” Santorum said.
Earlier, Santorum had asked Quinn and Cuomo, who is pro-choice, “A baby dies in an abortion -- do you realize that? Are you ignoring that fact? That's a reality.”
“It is biologically a human life?” Santorum asked.
“No,” Quinn answered.
Surprised by her answer, Santorum responded, “It’s in every biological textbook in the world -- at conception that is a human life. ... You guys talk about being the party of science. This is so anti-science.”
Quinn’s comment sparked jokes and pushback on social media.
Author and commentator Allie Beth Stuckey tweeted, “Man my daughter sure looks human in the ultrasound but if she does turn out to be a Tervis Tumbler or summer squash I’ll let y’all know.”
Man my daughter sure looks human in the ultrasound but if she does turn out to be a Tervis Tumbler or summer squash I’ll let y’all know https://t.co/JMQtHlFKRT— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) May 7, 2019
Live Action founder and president Lila Rose wrote on Twitter, “Abortion advocates have two choices. Admits he/she is a human child, and it’s ok to kill him/her bc of ‘Women’s rights,’ or go full anti-science and say stuff like this. There’s no middle ground.”
Abortion advocates have two choices. Admits he/she is a human child, and it’s ok to kill him/her bc of “Women’s rights,” or go full anti-science and say stuff like this ⬇️— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) May 7, 2019
There’s no middle ground https://t.co/ujx1s1GfGo
Garrett Love tweeted, “This CNN commentator must’ve skipped Intro to Biology.”
This CNN commentator must’ve skipped Intro to Biology.— Garrett Love (@Garrett_Love) May 8, 2019
Christine Quinn:"When a woman is pregnant, that is not a human being inside her.”
Sad that they want more protections for unborn&newly born animals than humans (eagles, turtles, dogs,etc). #prolife
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