(LifeSiteNews) — HBO Real Time host Bill Maher is an aggressive atheist, a long-time liberal, and a social progressive who has been pro-abortion and pro-LGBT for his entire career. Despite that, he is increasingly the most vocal of a handful of liberals who refuse to be swept along by the increasing insanity of the LGBT movement—and in many cases, shows discomfort with the extremist aspects of the Democratic agenda.
Earlier this summer, for example, Bill Maher actually defended the legislation put forward by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis prohibiting educators from teaching about sexuality to children younger than the third grade, noting that he understands parents concerns and is very uncomfortable with trans activist rhetoric about “protecting” kids from their parents. As I noted earlier, when Bill Maher backs parental rights, you know it’s a winning message.
Back in May, Maher reduced trans activists to twitchy rage-tweeting when he did an entire segment opposing the “gender transitioning” of kids, even promoting Abigail Shrier’s book Irreversible Damage in the process. Maher’s comments on the transgender movement have been all over the place, but he’s faced accusations of “transphobia” frequently for jokes about Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner and other such heresies.
1.6 million Walmart employees will soon be pressured into supporting and seeking abortions thanks to Walmart’s new initiative pouring financial incentives into abortion-specific travel.
According to CNBC, Walmart employees “and their family members who are insured through Walmart” will have abortion travel costs covered “if they cannot access a legal abortion within 100 miles of their location.”
This is horrifying news, because this means that low-income workers will have virtually no excuse to refuse Walmart’s new abortion-related accommodations.
Walmart expands abortion coverage for its employees in the wake of Roe v Wade decision https://t.co/dtheFTcf07— CNBC (@CNBC) August 19, 2022
Notice that Walmart is also making abortion virtually inescapable, funding abortion-travel when it's not accessible within a 100-mile radius. As a result, every female employee will be forced to at least consider seeking an abortion.
Walmart's expanding abortion coverage also includes any instance "when there is a health risk to the mother, rape or incest, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage or lack of fetal viability.” This seems limited, but it’s actually an expansion of abortion coverage that is the beginning of a very dangerous slippery slope.
This is because the same CNBC report notes that Walmart “previously offered more limited abortion coverage.”
Expansions are continuing in stages, with Walmart targeting their most vulnerable employees who find themselves in life’s darkest, most difficult moments.
Walmart is going to cover abortion care for 1.6 million employees🔥— Ariana Afshar (she/her) (@progressivebrat) August 19, 2022
There is no private company who currently employs more Americans in the nation than Walmart, and whose abortion coverage will impact more people.
But this means that the American voice is represented in every Walmart store, proving that now is our chance to make that voice heard.
Will you help our fellow Americans raise their voice against pro-abortion Walmart, and push back againast Walmart's war on the pro-life movement?
We cannot miss this moment. With Roe v. Wade officially struck down, it’s now up to us to change the pro-life culture at the state level — but also at the private level.
We cannot have a pro-life culture if private companies are still actively funding abortion!
Stand with America’s employees who are fighting for life at America’s biggest employer: “We the consumers are demanding accountability from you. Stop Walmart's abortion expansion now.”
On Friday night, he again surprised his guests. During his panel discussion, Maher noted that the abortion debate has the potential to help Democrats in the midterm elections and told Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar: “The Supreme Court did you, politically, a big favor. Because for a while, people were, ‘I don’t know, [is] this really gonna get people out to the polls?’ We have enough evidence now with these special elections and the polling, we see. And you know who really is up in arms about this [abortion issue] that we didn’t think was going to be? Dads.”
Klobuchar responded by telling Maher that last time she’d been on Real Time, he’d disagreed with her on abortion. Maher pushed back: “I’m certainly pro-choice… What I’m saying is you shouldn’t say to the other side, ‘You people hate women.’ They don’t hate women. They just think it’s murder. And if you think it’s murder, then you can’t go, ‘Well except for people with a vagina. They can commit murder.’ I don’t think it’s murder, but they legitimately do. And it insults them.”
Klobuchar didn’t back down: “There are pro-life people that have the view- that’s fine. They just don’t think that they should put their views on someone else.” Maher pointed out the obvious: “But you wouldn’t say that about a murderer. And that’s what their point is. But it’s not because they hate women.” At that point, actor and director Rob Reiner interjected that pro-lifers are attempting to foist a “Christian nationalist agenda” on America,” and Maher again disagreed. “Not everyone who is pro-life is a Christian nationalist.”
Bill Maher is precisely right, and he is doing what many old-guard liberals used to do—engage with the opposition’s arguments on their own terms. Ironically, comedian Louis C.K. made precisely the same point about pro-lifers in a comedy set a few years back. He actually called out his audience on how they view pro-lifers. “People hate abortion protestors,” he noted, his expression indicating he was clearly enjoying the audience’s discomfort. “They’re so shrill and awful! They think babies are being murdered! What are they supposed to do? Well, that’s not cool. I don’t want to be a d*** about it though. I don’t want to ruin their day as they murder several babies all the time.”
The reality is that Bill Maher is more uncomfortable with abortion than he’s usually willing to admit—for profoundly personal reasons. In 2019, he noted on his show that despite his pro-abortion views he is “a little squishy and always [has] been.” Why? Because his mother had been advised not to have another baby. Knowing that, he said, has given him an awareness that he could have ended up “on the cutting room floor.” And that’s one of the most honest characterizations of abortion I’ve ever heard from a liberal media host.