George Takei did not hold back when he called on the Republican Party to work to effectively ban abortion (with the possibility that Roe v. Wade could be overturned by the Supreme Court) during an interview on View Friday, May 13. The actor pointed out that by limiting individual freedoms, it goes against Republican values of limited government interference, but he also pointed to other issues that will be affected by less access to abortion. “It’s the most irrational and unrepublican act,” he said. “[It’s] petty and dangerous.
George, 85, explained that the freedom to decide whether or not to have an abortion should be a personal choice that Republicans should defend as they have with other individual freedoms. “A core value of the Republican Party – I thought – was small government: freedom of speech, freedom of free trade, all that freedom, but when it comes to the most private realm of life and decision-making by a woman, the government wants to ban that,” he said. “That’s not the Republican way.”
As the star trek alum continued, he further pointed out that there are many other issues that need to be addressed if abortions are banned. “Then once the wife has the baby, because of the ban, so what do they do with the kids? Totally irresponsible. The education budget is cut. Childcare is cut,” he explained, before issuing a strong call to fight the ban. “We have more child poverty in this country. We are the most irresponsible of the rich nations. So we absolutely have to react to this early leak.
George is one of many stars who have spoken out against the possibility of an abortion ban after a leaked Supreme Court draft ruling that could overturn Roe V. Wade. He also hasn’t been the only recent guest on View do this. Actor Sarah Silverman also denounced the project in an interview on Wednesday. “They have quietly chipped away, state by state, on women’s rights, and it’s a war on the poor,” she said.