Actress and leftist activist Jane Fonda tried to walk back comments she made on ABC’s “The View,” when she suggested that people protesting the overturning of Roe v. Wade should “murder” pro-life activists.
During a broadcast of “The View,” host Joy Behar asked Fonda what to do aside from “marching” and protesting the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Well, I’ve thought of murder,” Fonda said.
Lily Tomlin, Fonda’s co-star in “Moving On,” a comedic movie, asked for clarity on the comments.
“What did you say?” Tomlin asked.
“Murder,” Fonda replied.
“She’s just kidding,” Behar said hastily before motioning. “Wait a second… They’ll pick up on that and just run with it. She’s just kidding.”
Joy: “Besides marching and protesting, what else do you suggest?
Jane: “Well, murder.” pic.twitter.com/DhaIxRASS3
— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) March 10, 2023
Fonda then stared at Behar, making it unclear whether she was joking.
On Twitter, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) denounced Fonda’s comments, saying that Fonda doesn’t “have to worry about getting pregnant anytime soon.”
Unapologetic Pro-Life Politician here. 🙋♀️
I routinely get death threats because of the nasty women on The View and the things they say about me.
But calling for us to be assassinated makes The View, the hosts, the producers, the network, the advertisers, and everyone involved… https://t.co/Vsa7tik8zg
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) March 10, 2023
Pro-life advocate Abby Johnson criticized Fonda’s suggestion of murdering pro-life activists like herself.
“Jane Fonda went on national television today and suggested that pro-life politicians should be murdered for trying to protect unborn children. I guess she believes in killing people both in and out of the womb,” Johnson reacted.
Jane Fonda went on national television today and suggested that pro-life politicians should be murdered for trying to protect unborn children.
I guess she believes in killing people both in and out of the womb.
— Abby Johnson (@AbbyJohnson) March 10, 2023
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) stated that she notified Capitol Police over Fonda’s remarks about murdering pro-life politicians.
I have notifed Capitol Police of Jane Fonda’s call to murder pro-life politicians.
I am a pro-life member of Congress. As she did not retract or clarify that she was “joking” with her statement, we are taking this threat as a serious one.
Jane Fonda and The View, must issue a… https://t.co/BhUvQaH26Z
— Anna Paulina Luna (@realannapaulina) March 10, 2023
In response: Fonda said her comments were “obviously made in jest.”
“While women’s reproductive rights are a very serious issue and extremely important to me, my comment on The View was obviously made in jest,” Fonda told Fox News Digital in a statement. “My body language and tone made it clear to those in the room – and to anyone watching – that I was using hyperbole to make a point.”
“Women across the country are facing real threats when it comes to our bodies, and people lose faith in our mission to protect women when others choose to focus on tangential issues and passing jokes instead of the actual problem at hand,” Fonda added.
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, giving states the power to decide on the issue of abortion itself.
The ruling came in response to the court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization, which centered on a Mississippi law that banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.