Star Trek actor and left-wing activist George Takei joined the ladies of The View on Friday to discuss the future of abortion in America and laws in states like Florida limiting discussion of sexual orientation and gender with young children.
The veteran actor slammed the possible overturn of Roe v Wade as “mean-spirited and dangerous," adding that “it’s not the Republican way.”
“A core value of the Republican Party, I thought, was small government," he told the hosts. “But, when it comes to the most private area of a woman’s life and decision-making, government wants to ban it.”
Host Joy Behar agreed, adding that the notion is "very mean.”
After the children are born, he said, the Republicans do not take responsibility. “What do they do with the children? Total irresponsibility. Education budget is cut. Childcare is cut. I mean, it is the most irrational and un-Republican act,” said Takei.
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He also claimed that children would end up in poverty without access to abortion, citing the United States's child poverty rate, which he says is higher than other wealthy nations' rates.
If Roe is overturned, the issue of abortion will return to the states. There would not be a federal ban on abortion unless one were to be enacted after being passed in Congress and signed by the president.
However, several states do have laws set to go into effect immediately following Roe's reversal that would heavily restrict abortion access. Some left-leaning states are conversely planning on enshrining the right to abortion into law.
Some Republicans have admitted they are considering a federal policy banning or restricting abortion.
Takei then shared the story of his coming out as gay. According to Takei, he did not come out until he was 68 years old, and he did it for a specific reason. “I was so angry” after then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state.
After vetoing the bill in 2005, Schwarzenegger claimed, “This bill simply adds confusion to a constitutional issue."
Takei explained that he immediately came out and spoke to the press about the move. He told the hosts that he "blasted" the governor for vetoing the bill.
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“I thought my career was over," he said. However, he says he "became more in demand."
“Society groomed me to be closeted, to not be true to myself," Takei told the hosts.