Lila Rose, pro-life activist, speaker, and founder of Live Action, fought with British journalist Isabel Webster on the topic of Roe v. Wade’s overturning and the return of abortion legislation to the states.
Rose argued against Webster’s claim that American women are having their rights taken, informing the journalist what Roe v. Wade actually does. She also compared abortion restrictions between England and America.
“Lots of women — daughters, sisters — have fewer rights than their mothers,” Webster said, arguing that abortion access is a right.
“That’s incorrect,” Rose responded. “What you’re not understanding is that almost 80% of Americans want abortion restrictions. And what Roe v. Wade prevented most states from doing is having meaningful abortion restrictions.”
“Even in England there are abortion restrictions that are more strict than in many states in the United States, right now,” Rose continued. “In England, you can’t have an abortion after about 24 weeks of pregnancy. In the United States, we have some states that permit abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.”
“So it is a bare minimum to allow states in the United States to protect children,” she concluded. “Roe v. Wade prevented communities from protecting children in their vicinity, and finally we have that opportunity now that it has been overruled.”
Webster also suggested that pro-life individuals cared very little about deaths via gun violence, which Rose fought against as well.
“A lot of people … look at America and think, this is a country where a whole bunch of children were just murdered in a primary school, lots of people saying guns have more rights than women. What do you make of that?”
“Well, guns have killed 7,000 children a year in the United States, which is horrific. Abortion has killed, and is killing, under legal abortion in the United States over 600,000 children every single year,” Rose replied. “So it is so vital that we fight to reduce abortions, that we ban abortions, that we help women and provide them the resources that they need, and that we educate women and men on the value of human life in the womb.”
“You know, birth doesn’t make you human,” Rose continued. “You don’t become human magically at birth; you’re human before birth.”
“Humans deserve human rights,” she added. “We need to acknowledge the human right to life of a child, even the most vulnerable child in the womb, and make our societies more welcoming to human life, instead of offering them up to abortionists to be killed for profit.”
Rose’s argument is well made, as organizations such as Planned Parenthood have made massive amounts of money in donations and revenue. Forbes claimed that in 2021 Planned Parenthood received over $510 million in donations alone, and had a total revenue of $1.64 billion.