On Monday morning, as CNN regulars continued freaking out over the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned after a new U.S. Supreme Court justice is appointed, New Day host Alisyn Camerota and CNN commentator Charlie Dent at one point suggested hypocrisy by pro-lifers who wish to protect unborn babies while supporting the enforcement of immigration laws that lead to families being separated.
There was also some fretting that pro-abortion rights Republican Senator Susan Collins is "living in a fantasy world" or "living in La La Land" if she believes Justice Neil Gorsuch or a new conservative justice will not vote in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade.
Before a commercial break at 6:16 a.m. Eastern, co-host John Berman brought up Senator Collins in a plug: "Susan Collins says abortion will be a key. She thinks Neil Gorsuch would not vote to overturn Roe versus Wade. Is Susan Collins living in a fantasy world?"
After bringing aboard Dent as a guest at 7:20 a.m., Camerota was obviously worried that the two Republican Senators known for wanting to keep abortion legal would fail to prevent Roe v. Wade being overturned as she began by posing:
How do you think Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Senator Susan Collins of Maine who are pro-choice -- how do you think they're going to tackle this nominee who will invariably not be pro-choice. I mean, he will invariably -- he or she -- be open to overturning Roe versus Wade because that's who President Trump said he would nominate.
She soon followed up:
But some pundits say -- I mean, with all due respect to Senator Susan Collins -- she's living in La La Land if she thinks that just because she sits down with Neil Gorsuch and he looks her in the eye and he claims that he, you know, will be open-minded or not have an agenda, but then that's what happens when you're on the bench.
Camerota soon suggested hypocrisy by pro-life conservatives as she used the word "irony" to suggest that their support of enforcing immigration law even when it results in family separation was being contradictory to caring about unborn babies:
Charlie, is there some irony about this playing out and people who are so adamantly pro-life while children are being separated from their parents -- even babies are being separated from their parents at the border and that President Trump is supposedly trying to deal with that, but there are more than 2,000 children who have been separated from their parents, and they haven't been reunited, and we don't know if they're going to be or how they're going to be because the federal government doesn't seem to have a mechanism for doing so.
Dent agreed with her premise as the socially liberal Republican complained about pro-life Republicans:
Well, it's pretty hard to get awfully sanctimonious on the pro-life issue while you're witnessing children being separated from their parents -- from their families. It's really quite an irony and a real contradiction. It's pretty hard to, you know, go out there and wave the flag being pro-family while watching these families be torn apart, but then you can just fall back and say, "Hey, I'm pro-life -- I guess that makes it all better." Well, it really doesn't, so there's a real contradiction there.