MSNBC: Pro-Lifers Are Like Suicide Bombers
Jill Collen Jefferson makes ill-timed remark
Civil rights attorney Jill Collen Jefferson appeared on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation," claiming people who support pro-life are like suicide bombers.
Jefferson said that those who defend the rights of the unborn are similar to “suicide bombers” because they feel “like they have the right and the moral duty to mess up somebody else’s life for the greater good."
The attorney’s remarks were ill-timed as it comes amid the tragic death of 13 U.S. service members killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan.
MSNBC host Al Sharpton asked Jefferson:
“Attorney Jefferson, as we talk about civil and human rights in Mississippi, I want to mention the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments about a currently blocked state law that would ban all abortions after 15 weeks.
"And so, the heavily poor, young, and black women who stand to lose access to the only abortion clinic in the state sounds as much about civil rights as abortion rights to me."
"What are your thoughts, counselor?” he asked.
“Yes, this is a matter of civil rights,” Jefferson replied.
“Having the right to an abortion is a constitutional right.
"It’s grounded in the right to privacy that is within the Constitution."
"And I find it really interesting that part of this argument is an argument about, you know, ‘the right to an abortion is not explicitly listed in the Constitution’," Jefferson added.
"But you know what? Neither is the right to bear arms.
"The way that we interpret that law is the interpretation of a constitutional provision, the Second Amendment.”
The MSNBC guest added:
“In this, we are interpreting another constitutional provision, yet we’re not applying that same logic to the situation."
"What it reminds me of, quite honestly, is a suicide bomber, someone who feels like they have the right and the moral duty to mess up somebody else’s life for the greater good.”