Has Thomas Roberts Never Heard of Roe v. Wade?

Roe v. Wade was horribly decided, as even some prominent supporters of abortion rights will agree.  But for now, it remains the law of the land.  And it establishes a constitutional right to abortion.  Amazingly, Thomas Roberts appears unaware of that.  

On today's Morning Joe, commenting on Mike Huckabee's speech of yesterday on how Dems wrongly accuse Republicans of a "war on women,"  Roberts twice said "if old white men could get pregnant, abortion would be a constitutional right."  View the video after the jump.



Roberts' comment was a variation on the hoary line "if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament." But really, how could the rising MSNBC star be so unfamiliar with perhaps the most famous Supreme Court decision of the second half of the 20th century?

Note: Mika Brzezinski also seemed unaware of the meaning of Roe, chiming in to second Roberts' comment: "oh my Lord, absolutely."

STEVE RATTNER: The reason that all they care about is birth control pills is because they can't control their libido. That's what he said.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Democrats act like women can't control their libido.

THOMAS ROBERTS: This is back to the narrative of slut shaming for lack of a better term when it comes to women and if old white men could get pregnant, abortion would be a constitutional right. That's all there is to it. If old white men could get pregnant, abortion would be a constitutional right. That's it.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Oh my Lord, absolutely, on every level.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.