Rosie O’Donnell Show Compares Post-Abortion Guilt to Blaming Rape Victims

Rosie O’Donnell Show Compares Post-Abortion Guilt to Blaming Rape Victims
by Tim Graham | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 5/29/11 11:41 AM

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On Thursday’s edition of Rosie Radio on XM/Sirius, Rosie O’Donnell discussed talk show host and comedian Chelsea Handler’s recent statement in a New York Times interview that she had an abortion when she was sixteen and still feels she made the right choice. Rosie and her executive producer Janette Barber agreed that it was courageous of Handler both to reveal the abortion and to say she doesn’t regret it.

But when the Rosie crew took a call from woman who had several abortions in her late thirties and early forties and feels guilty about it, Barber really lost it, and compared that guilt to blaming a rape victim’s outfit for rape:

JANETTE BARBER: To me, it’s almost like saying, ‘Yeah, why were you in that alley in short shorts when you got raped?’

O’DONNELL: Well, it’s different, because one is preventable and one isn’t, right? If you’re in an alley and you’re raped, you don’t have any control –

BARBER, not budging: But [people will say] ‘ your problem was you shouldn’t have gone in the alley, you shouldn’t have worn that outfit…’

You know it’s bad when Rosie O’Donnell sounds like the voice of reason. She hired this person to call shots for her. A few minutes later, Barber added:

lifenews.com/2011/05/29/rosie-odonnell-show-compares-post-abortion-guilt-to-blaming-rape-victims/

The short quote of the Janet Barber's comments really doesn't make clear what she was responding to. Its a shame that Mr. Graham didn't provide more of a context to understand her remarks. Given that he is a director at a right-wing pressure group, and wrote the article in that capacity, I am not sure of the accuracy of his observations.

Comments such as "You know it’s bad when Rosie O’Donnell sounds like the voice of reason" cast doubt on his objectivity.

O’DONNELL: Well, it’s different, because one is preventable and one isn’t, right? If you’re in an alley and you’re raped, you don’t have any control –:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

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O’DONNELL: Well, it’s different, because one is preventable and one isn’t, right? If you’re in an alley and you’re raped, you don’t have any control –:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

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[quote="Dale_M, post:2, topic:242237"]
The short quote of the Janet Barber's comments really doesn't make clear what she was responding to. Its a shame that Mr. Graham didn't provide more of a context to understand her remarks. Given that he is a director at a right-wing pressure group, and wrote the article in that capacity, I am not sure of the accuracy of his observations.

Comments such as "You know it’s bad when Rosie O’Donnell sounds like the voice of reason" cast doubt on his objectivity.

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It's most likely not completely accurate, either by commission or omission. One always has to be cautious of far right-wing and far left-wing articles, because each group has an ax to grind. In politics (whether economics, foreign policy, or social issues), objectivity is never guaranteed. The best one can do is study all sides of an issue, from a variety of speakers and publications: right, left, and center, and then perhaps voice an opinion. Of course, every listener and reader also starts out with their own biases and preconceptions!

Oh, give it a rest....'study from every angle...etc'

Rosie has been giving her 'opinion' on abortion for at least two decades. Search it. Everybody, except the two posters here, understands her positions. She is just as radical in her defense of abortion as she was 20 years ago - including partial-birth abortion.

Is this what you also do to Catholic Doctrine...'study' it until there is no truth but just another 'opinion', the Holy Spirit be damned?

Did you read the article? Rosie is not the villain here; Janet Barber is. I was talking about politics, not religion. Religion is based largely on faith, but studying it doesn’t hurt either.

I don't see how you can compare the 2.they are entirely different.She didn't say why she had the abortions so how can you compare that with anythiing?She said she felt guilty because she had them.Evidently she thinks now that she had no reason to have them and feells guilty.The girl who is raped may feel she has a good reason for having an abortion.maybe she would feel guilty for dressing in shorts but she shouldn't like Barber pointed out.

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