WASHINGTON — Giving the keynote address at a gala for the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life group, former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made comments critical of the pro-choice movement’s stance on feminism and the current debate over abortion rights.
In a video posted by Fox Business, Haley told the crowd that the abortion advocates who “demand conformity” of women on the issue of abortion are not real feminists.
“Unfortunately, many on the left use the abortion debate to divide women and demand conformity. They do this in the name of feminism. But that is not real feminism,” she said at the event in Washington, D.C.
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“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 continued.
Haley explained that her pro-life stance on abortion was not about being “for or against women” but instead was about supporting “a baby’s right to live, the most basic right there is.”
“Respect for human life is who we are as Americans. It’s right there in the Declaration of Independence. You can’t have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness without the right to life,” said Haley, the former governor of South Carolina who was tapped by President Donald Trump to become the U.N. ambassador in 2017.
Since resigning her ambassadorship in October 2018, some speculation has followed about her future political ambitions, though she has explicitly ruled out a run for president in 2020.
Haley’s comments come amid a national debate over abortion and the future of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. A number of states have passed bills in recent months that severely restrict the timeframe in which a woman can obtain an abortion. Both advocates and opponents of these laws say they are intended to challenge Roe v. Wade.
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