Tarlov and Gutfeld get in heated post-midterm spat: ‘God, are you campaigning for Planned Parenthood or what?’

The midterm election results may be a major disappointment to conservatives but leftists are feeling vindicated over their predictions that abortion would be an issue that trumped inflation and the economy, and many are crediting backlash against the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade as a big reason that the Republican red wave failed to materialize.

One who seems to believe that the preservation of the right to murder the unborn took priority over voters’ pocketbooks is Jessica Tarlov who mixed it up with her fellow Fox News co-host Greg Gutfeld about the importance of abortion in motivating Democrats to turn out in what was expected to be a dismal election year.

Sparks flew between the two on Wednesday’s edition of “The Five” after co-host Dana Perino brought up the turnout in two key battleground states – Michigan and Wisconsin – where there were referendums for abortion on the ballot, especially among young voters.

“Abortion was certainly a huge plotline from last night,” Tarlov said.

“The number one issue for Democrats, the number two issue nationally,” she added, going on to liken the youth surge to the “quiet Trump voter” in 2016, “the people who didn’t respond to polls, who just went in there and did their business.”

(Video: Fox News)

“There was so much talk about the issue of abortion as if it’s something that people use as a birth control method, that it’s just wild women going out and saying, you know, I don’t want to use a condom, I’ll just get an abortion. No big deal,” she said. “When, in fact, abortion is so much a part of health care, of family planning. There are so many people who are forced to have an abortion from wanted pregnancies. And those are the conversations that are going well all over this country”

“God, are you campaigning for Planned Parenthood or what?” Gutfeld interjected as the conversation became very heated between the two.

“People who are pro-life actually do take the issue more seriously than you think. Right. You want to talk about the quiet majority, talk about the unborn. They don’t have a word in this at all,” he added.

Tarlov responded, “I think a lot about the unborn actually, I had an unborn inside of me for a long time and reasonable people would actually have a conversation about science…”

The co-hosts then jousted verbally, talking over each other.

“Who just thinks that the second that you conceive, think of that as a life,” Tarlov said.

“What I’m talking about, that’s not, that I would not say is a nuanced argument. I’m saying that you were criticizing that, you’re saying that there isn’t a nuanced side, that we just think, ‘oh, my God, people are using it for birth control,’” Gutfeld shot back. “That’s not true.”

“No, I do not think that,” Tarlov replied. “I was actually acknowledging that there is nuance to your argument. I do not think that, I think that there are a majority of Americans who want to talk about a reasonable viability level. And 15 weeks was too short for that. But I’m sure if it was 20 weeks or 24 weeks that there are a lot of Democrats and independent-minded people who would say we should be discussing that. But when you have women in Louisiana who are waiting to go into sepsis, you have that ten-year-old in Ohio who’s getting shipped to Indiana to get health care.

“Greg, we just had an election that said you’re wrong about this,” she said, attempting to get the final word before the two again began arguing over each other.

Perino was eventually able to steer the segment back on course, saying that one of her reasons for bringing it up was “just because on the referendum side of things, it did bring out voters and it did have an effect.”

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