GOP Sen. Steve Daines mocked for comparing pregnant women to sea turtles

Republican senator argues that since we protect sea turtle eggs, abortion should be illegal: Twitter responds

Published May 11, 2022 9:40AM (EDT)

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) (Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)
Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) (Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, a long-time opponent of abortion rights, has been hoping to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade — and it appears that he is going to get his wish. The Republican senator and hardcore social conservative reiterated his anti-abortion views during a May 10 speech on the Senate floor, arguing that if the eggs of sea turtles enjoy legal protection, there is no reason why abortion should be legal. And he is being brutally mocked on social media for his ridiculous analogy.

The 59-year-old Daines, during his speech, told his colleagues, "If you were to take or destroy the eggs of a sea turtle — now I said, the eggs…. The criminal penalties are severe: up to a $100,000 fine and a year in prison. Now, why do we have laws in place to protect the eggs of a sea turtle, or the eggs of eagles? Because, when you destroy an egg, you're killing a pre-born baby sea turtle or a pre-born baby eagle. Yet when it comes to a pre-born human baby rather than a sea turtle, that baby will be stripped of all protections in all 50 states…. Is that the America the left wants?"

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It didn't take Twitter users long to point out how idiotic and horribly flawed Daines' comparison was:

MSNBC's Katie Phang mocked Daines with dry humor:

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