Joe Rogan defends abortion rights in clash with right-wing Christian
Joe Rogan has defended abortion rights in incidents of rape on the latest episode of his controversial podcast The Joe Rogan Experience.
In the episode Rogan interviews Seth Dillon, CEO of right-wing Christian news website Babylon Bee. The debate became heated when they discussed abortion.
Earlier this year, the US Supreme Court overturned the 1973 ruling that legalised abortion in the United States.
Rogan said, when discussing the overturning: “There’s also women who have been raped, who should not have to f**king carry some rapist’s baby.
“There’s women who have been sexually assaulted before the age of 14.”
In response Dillon said: “There are also though, and I’m not – I’m not gonna argue with you on that point – but I will say there are people who have been born of rape and are alive right now and are pro-life.
“They go around speaking, talking about how ‘I had a right to live’ and they will go out there and make an argument, a pro-life case. And they’re born of a rape.”
Rogan replied: “You don’t have the right to tell a 14-year-old girl, she has to carry a rapist’s baby.
“Do you understand what you’re saying?”
When Dillon assured him he understood, Rogan added: “You don’t have the right to tell my 14-year-old daughter, she has to carry her rapist’s baby. That’s a 14-year-old child?”
Dillon later concluded: “I don’t think two wrongs make a right. I don’t think we – don’t think murder is an answer to – I don’t think murder fixes a rape.”
This is not the first time the divisive podcast host has spoken in general support of abortion rights. Speaking on his podcast in May, he defended a woman’s right to choose based on medical reasons.
He previously stated: “As a human being – just a person observing things – there’s a big difference between a little clump of cells and a foetus with an eyeball and a beating heart.”
‘Gay marriage is important’
Rogan also recently said he is a “bleeding heart liberal”. In his 23 July episode he said: “It’s not just abortion rights but now they’re going after gay marriage too, which is so strange to me.
“Gay marriage is not silly. It’s marriage – it’s marriage for people that are homosexual and it’s for them. It’s important. They want it. They want to affirm their love and their relationship.”
He then went on to add that attacks on abortion rights and gay marriage “keeps me from being a Republican”.