Acosta Decries Backward U.S., Declares Pregnancy Centers Insufficient

In a shocking development, CNN Newsroom host Jim Acosta acknowledged the existence of pro-life Democrats and welcomed one, Kristen Day, onto his Saturday show to discuss the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling. Unfortunately, the same liberal talking points remained as Acosta decried the U.S.’s lack of “stellar company” on the issue while suggesting that pregnancy centers aren’t good enough.

Acosta led Day, who is the executive director of Democrats for Life of America, by showing a new found respect for Sen. Joe Manchin, “Here’s what Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said about Roe v. Wade, quote, ‘it’s been the law of the land for nearly 50 years and was understood to be settled precedent. As a Catholic, I was raised pro-life, always considered myself pro-life, but I’ve come to accept that my definition of pro-life may not be someone else’s definition of pro-life.’”

He then decried America’s supposed backwardness, “According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, the U.S. joins only three countries: El Salvador, Nicaragua, Poland, that have chosen to roll back abortion rights since 1994. That isn’t exactly stellar company.”

Day corrected the record by pointing out the reality is precisely the opposite, “when you look around the world, when you look at Europe, most of Europe has abortion bans after 12 weeks, 13 weeks. So, you know, the U.S. has been out of line with the majority of the world up until now.”

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As a native Virginian, Day also referenced Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s desire to enact a new 15-week ban and cited, “Pregnancy centers are — do incredible work, they are often demonized because they have a religious — a lot of them have a religious aspect to them. But if you go and visit one, I would urge you, I can take you to one or two, and you can see that they have diapers and clothing. Up until, you know, they support women.” 

Acosta then interrupted, “Well, diapers and clothing might not cut it.”

Day would go on to mention that these centers also provide job training and housing and that they have been “doubling and tripling over the last decade.”

It has been a common retort that pro-lifers aren’t really pro-life, just pro-birth, yet when they step up, it still isn’t good enough for Acosta.

This segment was sponsored by Cadillac.

Here is a transcript for the June 25 show:

CNN Newsroom with Jim Acosta

6/25/2022

2:23 PM ET

JIM ACOSTA:  Here’s what Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said about Roe v. Wade, quote, “it’s been the law of the land for nearly 50 years and was understood to be settled precedent. As a Catholic, I was raised pro-life, always considered myself pro-life, but I’ve come to accept that my definition of pro-life may not be someone else’s definition of pro-life.” According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, the U.S. joins only three countries: El Salvador, Nicaragua, Poland, that have chosen to roll back abortion rights since 1994. That isn’t exactly stellar company. 

KRISTEN DAY:  No, but when you look around the world, when you look at Europe, most of Europe has abortion bans after 12 weeks, 13 weeks. So, you know, the U.S. has been out of line with the majority of the world up until now. 

I think we need to work in California to roll back the, you know, abortion up to nine months and trying to provide protections and support for women to carry the children to term. You now, we see — we would like to see a world where no woman thinks abortion is the best and only option for her and that’s what we’re working for within our party and also reaching across the aisle and trying to get people to work with us. 

In my home state of Virginia, I know they’re talking about a 15-week ban there. But I think we will push for a package of support that goes along with that, if there’s going to be a 15-week ban in Virginia, we really need to make sure there is a network of support for women so they don’t have to walk that road alone. Pregnancy centers are — do incredible work, they are often demonized because they have a religious — a lot of them have a religious aspect to them. But if you go and visit one, I would urge you, I can take you to one or two, and you can see that they have diapers and clothing. Up until, you know, they support women. 

ACOSTA: Well, diapers and clothing might not cut it, you know that– 

DAY: No, but job training, they put housing, they having housing options. 

ACOSTA: Fair enough. Are these centers for all of these young women, women who are going to be in this position? 

DAY:  Fortunately, they’ve been growing by leaps and bounds, the number of these centers that are doubling and tripling over the last decade. 

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