House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, has long had radical views on reproductive rights; a recent interview with Johnson in which he referred to abortion as a “holocaust” was aired on CNN. According to the network’s investigative unit “KFile,” they analyzed over a hundred clips of the newly elected speaker’s interviews, speeches, and public remarks. Johnson made the statement that abortion “is an American holocaust” in an interview that aired on the Vince Conglianese Show in May of 2022. He also noted that many large abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood, locate their facilities in low-income areas of cities.
There has been a lot of pushback against Johnson because of his conservative religious beliefs, which condemn LGBTQ+ rights, abortion rights, and the idea that religion and state should be kept apart.
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, a leading national anti-abortion organization, has given the evangelical Christian an “A+” grade.
An undated video of Johnson asserting during a hearing—that Republicans wouldn’t have to slash Social Security and Medicare if women were forced to have more “able-bodied workers”—was made public last month by the House Judiciary Committee.
In addition to his support for a nationwide abortion ban, Johnson has been a co-sponsor of a restriction that would extend the legal abortion window to 20 weeks, and she has publicly celebrated the passage of a ban in Louisiana that would make it a crime punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
Decades ago, anti-abortion activists in the United States published works like The Abortion Holocaust: Today’s Final Solution, which drew parallels between the Holocaust and abortion. Even while the general public in the US has become less receptive to the analogy, it has persisted among the predominantly Christian anti-abortion movement. Indeed, it is sometimes used in the recruiting process. One well-known anti-abortion organization goes so far as to call everybody born after the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision a “survivor of the American abortion holocaust” and calls on young people to join them as “boots on the ground” in honor of their abortion-related classmates.
In an opinion he authored in 2019 for the Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas said that abortion was about to become “an instrument of modern-day eugenics.”