Former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley criticized abortion rights advocates in a keynote speech at the Susan B. Anthony List Campaign for Life Gala, saying that advocates who “demand conformity” of women on the issue of abortion are not real feminists.
“Unfortunately, many on the left use the abortion debate to divide women and demand conformity,” she said at the event on Monday, according to USA Today. “They do this in the name of feminism. But that is not real feminism. The idea that women must adhere to a particular set of values is one of the most anti-women ideas in today’s culture.”
She continued, “Respect for human life is who we are as Americans. It’s right there in the Declaration of Independence. You can’t have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness without the right to life.”
After she resigned from her post in October 2018, speculation swirled about her future political ambitions. She has said she won’t run for president in 2020, according to USA Today.
Haley’s comments come amid a heated debate over women’s reproductive rights and Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S., as a number of states have passed bills in recent months to severely restrict or ban abortion.
Watch video of Haley’s remarks below.
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