Prof: GOP ‘Don’t Give a Damn’ About Babies They’re Saving from Abortion

By Melanie Arter | November 18, 2013 | 12:03 PM EST


Anthea Butler, graduate chair of religion at the University of Pennsylvania (Photo courtesy of MSNBC)

( – Ivy League professor Anthea Butler, in appearance Saturday on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” said Republicans are publicly shaming poor women for having abortions but “don’t give a damn” about the babies they are saving, because they won’t give poor mothers food stamps to feed their children.

“It's the public shaming, and this is part of the problem, because - especially for poor women - if you have to go and get an abortion, you don't have the money, so you might have to go get some money from somewhere. You get to the clinic, and somebody's yelling in your face and telling you that you're an awful person for doing this,” said Butler, graduate chair of religion at the University of Pennsylvania.

“You actually make it in and get the abortion. When you come out, they're telling you that you're gonna go to hell and so at the same time, they are stripping away everything that you needed to be able to take care of a kid if you wanted to have it, because they won't give you the stamp benefits. They won't give you anything,” said Butler.

Butler, author of “The Gospel According to Sarah: How Sarah Palin and the Tea Party are Galvanizing the Religious Right,” also made controversial statements following the George Zimmerman verdict.

In a blog post on Religion Dispatches, Butler saying after the verdict acquitting Zimmerman of Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting, she wondered, “Is God the old white male racist looking down from white heaven, ready to bless me if I just believe the white men like Rick Perry who say the Zimmerman case has nothing to do with race?"

Butler said if you tell women they can’t get an abortion and you’re going to “take away all the benefits,” gynecological help and everything, “You’re gonna create a nation of women who are gonna be trapped, and none of you care about the babies they will birth, and none of you care about the babies that you're saving, because once they get here, you don't give a damn about them.”