CNN political pundit Ana Navarro brought up her disabled brother and other relatives with Down syndrome and autism as examples of why some women might want to have an abortion.
Navarro, who says she is Catholic, used her special needs relatives as a pro-abortion argument in a fairly tense exchange with GOP strategist Alice Stewart, where they were discussing the recent ruling by the Supreme Court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case.
Stewart described Navarro as a “very passionate woman of faith” with a “huge heart,” but noted the Catholic Church’s stance on life.
The CNN pundit tossed all of that goodwill right out the window with her sordid response.
“I have a family with a lot of special needs kids,” Navarro replied. “I have a brother who’s 57 and has the mental and motor skills of a one-year-old. And I know what that means financially, emotionally, physically for a family. And I know not all families can do it.”
I’m pretty sure Ana Navarro is umm… suggesting that autistic people and people with Down syndrome be aborted because her relatives with autism and Down syndrome are just too much work. This whole clip is so incredibly evil. pic.twitter.com/rZDWYn9Tus
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) June 25, 2022
Ana Navarro’s Abortion Argument
Ana Navarro had some other relatives in mind as well.
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“And I have a step-granddaughter who was born with Down syndrome. And you know what? It is very difficult in Florida to get services. It is not as easy as it sounds on paper,” she added. “And I’ve got another- another step-grandson who is very autistic, who has autism.”
Navarro went on to point out the difficulties in raising kids with special needs and how sometimes mothers of such individuals want to commit suicide because it’s so hard to care for them:
“There are mothers and there are people who are in that society or in that community will tell you that they’ve considered suicide because that’s how difficult it is to get help, because that’s how lonely they feel, because they can’t get other jobs because they have financial issues, because the care that they’re able to give their other children suffers.”
She went on to suggest the Supreme Court ruling was a bad one and that she can separate her faith from her support for abortion because “I’m American … But there’s a lot of Americans who are not Catholic.”
“And you have no damn right to tell them what they should do with their bodies. Nobody does,” added Navarro.
Catholic teaching is rather clear on the matter. As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops points out:
“Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law” (No. 2271).
That Ana Navarro clip from CNN really is just the most inhumanly repulsive thing I’ve seen all day related to the abortion issue. I shouldn’t have watched it. She comes across as thinking special-needs children are little more than cumbersome houseplants all better off aborted.
— Jeff B. is *BOX OFFICE POISON* (@EsotericCD) June 24, 2022
And She Doubled Down
Just to drive the point home, Ana Navarro took to Twitter and reiterated that her special needs relatives, who must feel fantastic after hearing her argument, are a prime example of why people should have an abortion.
They set out to tell us why they are passionate about abortion rights, they end up showing us their EUGENIC mindset… https://t.co/Yo8zQeRC3B
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) June 25, 2022
Fellow CNN political commentator S.E. Cupp piped up about that argument from her colleague.
Cupp argued Navarro’s eugenics approach to supporting abortion was a bridge too far, citing her own autistic child.
“I have an autistic child. I have never met a parent of an autistic child or any parent of a special needs child who said they’d wished they’d aborted him or her,” she fired back.
“These children face enough stigmas and challenges,” Cupp continued. “Please don’t use our incredible, special, wonderful, super-hero kids to make political arguments, especially about the benefits of abortion.”
I have an autistic child. I have never met a parent of an autistic child or any parent of a special needs child who said they’d wished they’d aborted him or her.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) June 25, 2022
One incredibly fatal flaw with Ana Navarro’s or any other liberal Democrat’s argument that women should have the right to abort a child with Down syndrome or autism is that the prenatal tests that predict such things are, according to the New York Times, “usually wrong.”
“The analysis showed that positive results on those tests are incorrect about 85 percent of the time,” they wrote.
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