Chelsea Clinton Slams Anti-Abortion Twitter Users for Asking Her to Prove Her 'Pro-Choice Commitment' by Having an Abortion

Chelsea Clinton fired back Thursday at a Twitter user who suggested that the former first daughter obtain an abortion to demonstrate her opposition to Alabama's recently enacted abortion ban.

Clinton, who announced she was pregnant at the end of January, wrote that "it's really quite something" how many anti-abortion activists "ask [her] to demonstrate [her] pro-choice commitment by having an abortion."

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed on Wednesday what is widely viewed as the most restrictive abortion law in the country, effectively outlawing the procedure—with potentially lifelong criminal penalties for providers—as soon as a woman knows she is pregnant. The Alabama law is part of a broader conservative effort across multiple states to put such legislation before the Supreme Court in the hope that the nation's highest court will reverse or scale back its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which found that a woman's right to choose was protected by the Constitution.

In a now-deleted comment, one Twitter user asked that Clinton "prove" her "Pro-Choice loyalties" by aborting her pregnancy, encouraging her to "take one for the "Gipper.""

The user, identified as Susan Moshier on her profile, is a self-described "Glass Fusion Artist in the [Florida] Keys" whose bio proclaims: "LOVE TRUMP!"

Moshier defended her comments in a subsequent tweet, explaining that "the point of the tweet is to [emphasize] HOW HORRIBLE" late-term abortion is.

"At least [you're] listening," she wrote.

These comments appeared to reflect a canard frequently circulated on the political right about the prevalence of late-term abortion. At a rally in Wisconsin last month, President Donald Trump explained the controversial procedure to his supporters thusly:

"The baby is born. The mother meets with the doctor. They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby."

This sort of misinformation about late-term abortions was not only echoed by the president but has circulated within the broader right-wing media ecosystem. On Twitter, the spread of false and inaccurate content has been supercharged by an apparatus that rewards viral content over objective fact.

Late-term abortions are exceedingly rare, accounting for less than 1 percent of all abortions, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The medical association explains that this kind of abortion "could arise for a number of reasons," including the fact that many late-term terminations "involve fetal anomalies incompatible with life." Moreover, late-term abortions "may also be necessary when complications severely compromise a woman's health or life," which is an exception often carved out into abortion bans, even those coming from deeply conservative states.

Alabama's law, which is slated to go into effect in November, does not make an exception for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. Even staunch conservatives like televangelist Pat Robertson and commentator Tomi Lahren have criticized the legislation as being overly restrictive. Georgia recently enacted a similarly restrictive abortion ban that would seek to classify fetal tissue as a dependent for tax purposes.

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Chelsea Clinton speaks onstage during the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards New York at New York Hilton Midtown on May 4 in New York City. Bryan Bedder / Getty Images
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