In Touré’s outro segment on MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” he thanked God for American women’s rights to murder their unborn children. He recounted how as a young man, his girlfriend got pregnant, and they decided as a couple to have the baby aborted because Touré was too young and naïve to care for a child. He said he was doing the responsible and loving thing by preventing this child from having a bad childhood. He stated:
“I knew that pregnant woman and I were not going to be able to form a lasting family. She decided it was best to have an abortion and days later, she did. We did. And in some ways that choice saved my life. I was then not smart enough, not man enough to build a family or raise a child, and I only would have contributed to making a mess of three lives.”
Then later, he met another woman and decided with her that they should have a child. She became pregnant, and she had an ultrasound in her second trimester. Touré recalled how much like a person, how human that baby was by looking at the 3D image of his child on the screen. He said that he nearly changed his position on abortion by looking at that ultrasound image but “stuck to his convictions” and decided that the right to an abortion belongs to the woman, and it would be misogynistic of him or any other man to withhold that “right” from a woman.
He then went on to lament how 87% of counties in the U.S. don’t have abortion providers. Three states have only 1 throughout the entire state. While abortions should be “legal, safe and rare,” that doesn’t mean states should not give women that option, he said.
I presume the child he saw in the ultrasound image that he referred to was his son Hendrix. He looked like a human person, because he was. He was just as much a child then as he is now. His first child whose life he and his then girlfriend decided to nix was also just as much of a child then as it would have been today had they not decided to go through with the abortion.
Touré was hinting in the right direction that his unborn son was a person, albeit a very young person in his mother’s womb. But he still wants to give a woman or doctor or whoever the right to decide to kill that person, thereby punishing the child who is incapable of stating his own case, for the actions of the child’s parents.
He punished his unborn child in his previous relationship because he and his girlfriend were too irresponsible to be in a sexual relationship in the first place. If he admitted to being “not smart enough and not man enough” to be a responsible father, then he was not smart enough nor man enough to be in that relationship. It was his fault. But he and his girlfriend decided to “lovingly” punish the human byproduct of their irresponsibility, and Touré is thankful for that right. He continued:
“I thank God and country that when I fell into a bad situation, abortion was there to save me and keep me on a path toward building a strong family I have now. And I pray that safety net remains in place.”
He invoked a quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg and said he believes in “a woman’s autonomy to determine her life’s course.” We’re not talking about the woman’s life here. We’re talking about the life of the mother’s unborn child. They’re two separate persons.