Rosie O’Donnell Show Compares Post-Abortion Guilt to Blaming Rape Victims

Opinion   |   Tim Graham   |   May 29, 2011   |   11:41AM   |   Washington, DC

On Thursday’s edition of Rosie Radio on XM/Sirius, Rosie O’Donnell discussed talk show host and comedian Chelsea Handler’s recent statement in a New York Times interview that she had an abortion when she was sixteen and still feels she made the right choice. Rosie and her executive producer Janette Barber agreed that it was courageous of Handler both to reveal the abortion and to say she doesn’t regret it.

But when the Rosie crew took a call from woman who had several abortions in her late thirties and early forties and feels guilty about it, Barber really lost it, and compared that guilt to blaming a rape victim’s outfit for rape:

JANETTE BARBER: To me, it’s almost like saying, ‘Yeah, why were you in that alley in short shorts when you got raped?’

O’DONNELL: Well, it’s different, because one is preventable and one isn’t, right? If you’re in an alley and you’re raped, you don’t have any control —

BARBER, not budging: But [people will say] ‘ your problem was you shouldn’t have gone in the alley, you shouldn’t have worn that outfit…’

You know it’s bad when Rosie O’Donnell sounds like the voice of reason. She hired this person to call shots for her. A few minutes later, Barber added:

I think if you want an abortion, you get an abortion. If you don’t want to get an abortion, I would never force anyone to get an abortion, but I’d fight to the freakin’ death for somebody’s right to have an abortion. When I was a kid, I thought, ‘If we lose this right, I’m leaving this country.’

I had plans [in the event of pregnancy]…I’m gonna wear a tent dress while I don’t eat so I can get big and I can go in the woods, have it, kill it, and bury it, ’cause I didn’t know how else I would get rid of it if I lost that right. I was pretty young when I had that plan, and I got over it.

This sound of desperation easily might remind readers of the abortionist writing on the Daily Kos a couple of weeks back with his motto: “A woman does not want an abortion like she wants an ice cream cone, a new dress, or a Porsche; she wants an abortion like an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg to escape.” Note: Tim Graham is the director of media analysis for the Media Research Center, a media watchdog group. He was a White House correspondent for World magazine in 2001 and 2002. The following originally appeared on the NewsBusters web site.