It’s no surprise that Ann Coulter has chosen to join in on the disrespectful, detestable rhetoric anti-choice groups have adopted after Dr. Tiller’s murder, but it doesn’t make her comments any less infuriating. In a recent appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, Coulter, when questioned on her thoughts on the incident, stated, "I don't really like to think of it as a murder. It was terminating Tiller in the 203rd trimester." In an unsuccessful attempt to co-opt pro-choice values on privacy and individual autonomy, she went further, clarifying, "I am personally opposed to shooting abortionists, but I don't want to impose my moral values on others." This is ridiculous statement due to the fact that as someone who fully supports restricting women’s access to basic health care, Coulter absolutely wants to impose her beliefs on her on others.
This is a prime example of the unacceptable, hateful rhetoric the extreme right so often uses to express their opinions. These comments only serve to polarize pro-choice and anti-choice supporters in their dehumanizing nature and their biased interpretation of reality. Pundits like Coulter and O’Reilly should focus on the facts rather than getting a sensational quip on national television. O’Reilly appears flabbergasted that he’s been called on to take accountability for how the vitriol proliferated by his show influences the actions of extremists, but appears to have toned down his typical hate speech for this particular interview. Watch the clip below and judge for yourself. If you are as appalled at these comments are we are, don’t let voices like these be the only ones heard. Take action to support abortion providers by thanking them for their work to ensure women’s reproductive rights.