CNN At This Hour guest host Bianna Golodryga welcomed Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith onto Tuesday program for a softball interview about how Republicans are terrible, how overturning Roe v. Wade will damage the economy, and not talking about the pro-life group that was firebombed over the weekend.
After previewing Wednesday’s Senate doomed show vote on limitless abortions, Golodryga observed, “It’s interesting because Republicans are framing this debate over abortion rights in terms of what Americans value more, and they’re arguing and betting on Republicans focusing on the economy and inflation and that’s something that’s going to get voters to the polls.”
Golodryga then claimed it was interesting that a Democratic Treasury Secretary would find good things to say about Roe, “but it was interesting to hear from Treasury Secretary [Janet] Yellen just this morning because she was asked about the economic impact of overturning Roe and she said that it would have a, quote, ‘very damaging’ effect on the economy.”
CNN then showed a clip of Yellen declaring, “Roe v. Wade and access to reproductive health care including abortion help lead to increased labor force participation. It enabled many women to finish school that increased their earning potential. It allowed women to plan and balance their families and careers, and research also shows that it had a favorable impact on the well-being and earnings of—of– children.”
After the clip, Golodryga returned to add, “Now, she’s basing that on empirical data, but—but– Senator Rick Scott just called that explanation callous and harsh.”
While Golodryga got her Scotts mixed up—it was Tim Scott, not Rick Scott–, she wasn’t necessarily wrong, but the point was that Democrats are offering up innocent babies on the altar of economic statistics. Instead of pressing Smith on that point, she just asked, “What do you think about framing this debate in those terms, in terms of economic impact?””
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Smith, of course, agreed with Yellen, “She was expressing what I believe almost every woman knows. If you don’t have control over your reproductive life, you don’t have control over any aspect of your life, including your economic opportunity, your opportunity to provide for your children and the rest of your family… I think we are going to be holding this vote tomorrow to really dramatize what’s happening here and—and—and– what Republicans think, who Republicans think ought to have the power over this most personal of decisions.”
With that Golodryga brought the interview to a close without asking Smith about the attack in neighboring Wisconsin on the offices of Wisconsin Family Action and whether or not her rhetoric is to blame.
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