Tucker Carlson Slams Gloria Steinem for Hitler Comparison to Texas Abortion Law

Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson has responded to the criticism of Texas' new restrictive abortion law by renowned activist and writer, Gloria Steinem.

On Thursday, Steinem testified before the house oversight and reform committee. She told lawmakers that Senate Bill 8, which has effectively banned abortions in Texas for women who are more than six weeks pregnant, was akin to fascism.

She said that "when Hitler was elected.. his very first official act was to padlock the family planning clinics and declare abortion a crime against the state."

"Mussolini did exactly the same thing," she continued, referring to the Italian WWII dictator, "because they knew that controlling reproduction and nationalizing women's bodies is the first step in an all-controlling state."

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Activist and writer Gloria Steinem speaks during Carolyn B. Maloney Book Launch at Rizzoli Bookstore on August 26, 2021 in New York City. She testified before lawmakers condemning the new abortion law in Texas. Getty/Theo Wargo

But the Fox News anchor disparaged Steinem's intelligence and then criticized her stance, accusing her of "rewriting history," and adding, "can't let you do that, you're not Wikipedia."

"Actually, Adolf Hitler was an enthusiastic eugenicist just like Margaret Sanger who founded Planned Parenthood, he encouraged abortion," Carlson said during the segment on Friday.

"Hitler, like Gloria Steinem, supported abortion, not just as a matter of physical economy, but as a way to keep women working and contributing to the economy," Carlson added, citing research by the law professor Jeffrey Tuomala, who has written about the Nuremberg trials. Newsweek has contacted Steinem for comment.

The furor over abortion rights continues apace as U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman started to hear on Friday arguments from the Department of Justice which challenged the most restrictive abortion law in the country.

The Texas law, which bans abortions once cardiac activity is detected, has already withstood several legal challenges, including one before the U.S. Supreme Court, although it did not rule on its constitutionality.

Texas skirted the constitutional right to abortion by shifting the onus of enforcement from prosecutors to private citizens. People who win lawsuits against those who provide or facilitate the procedure can get up to $10,000 in damages if successful.

During a three-hour hearing, Justice Department attorney Brian Netter told the court that Texas knew a state could not ban abortions at six weeks so "resorted to an unprecedented scheme of vigilante justice," to scare those who conduct or help women get the operations, The Associated Press reported.

Pitman, appointed under former President Barack Obama, has not indicated when he would give a decision, but if he rules against the law, it is certain to be challenged via the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which has previously allowed the restrictions in the Lone Star State.