On Thursday's Morning Joe, BBC correspondent and Morning Joe regular Katty Kay bemoaned that Dobbs and other court rulings restricting access to abortion represent a "blow" to the American tradition of expanding rights to those without power.
It apparently doesn't occur to the clueless Kay that the most powerless of all are unborn children, and that limiting abortion expands their right to live. Ever heard of a movement called "right to life," Katty?
Kay also mentioned that the people she speaks to in Europe are most concerned about the US on the issues of guns, and abortion. She described the US as being an "outlier" on the issue of abortion access.
Katty, our British friend, does 1776 ring a bell? America has a proud history of not following the norms and mores of Europe!
And then there's Mike Barnicle, who touts his Catholicism, but in the un-proud tradition of Catholics like President Biden and Nancy Pelosi, ardently supports abortion rights. He teed up Kay by asking, "you're taking something away from people, specifically women. You're taking a right away that they have had for decades. What's your sense of the impact of that sole loss of a right?"
Kay underlined it: "I mean, even in kind of Catholic countries in Europe, even in Ireland, which has made progress on rights of access to abortion, it's really striking" how America's an outlier.
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Here's the transcript.
6:09 am EDT
MIKE BARNICLE: Katty, what's your sense of -- let's separate the legalese that's going on from this particular issue.
KATTY KAY: Thank goodness.
BARNICLE: What's your sense of the fact that, at ground level, this, what this means is, you're taking something away from people, specifically women. You're taking a right away that they have had for decades. What's your sense of the impact of that sole loss of a right?
KAY: Look, America prides itself on being a country that expands people's rights, that expands rights of access to those who have not traditionally had power, and opens doors to them having it.
And so, that's why the Dobbs ruling, I think, was a blow. Not just within the United States but -- not to get kind of too 50,000 feet about this -- to America's image around the world. I mean, here was a rollback of a, of a right! And that seemed to go against the perception of what America stands for.
And I can't tell you, as I've been traveling around Europe the last few months, the two things that people raise as concerns about the U.S. at the moment: first is guns, and the second is abortion.
I mean, even in kind of Catholic countries in Europe, even in Ireland, which has made progress on rights of access to abortion, it's really striking, the degree to which America is an outlier at the moment compared to other western democracies, in allowing people rights to abortion.