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Joe Rogan Defended the Right to Choose, Mocked Those Upset About Roe v. Wade

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Jul. 5 2022, Published 10:05 a.m. ET

Comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan’s views on abortion and the overturning of Roe v. Wade have drawn both commendations and condemnations on social media.

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In a May episode of his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, the former Fear Factor host told listeners he’s “100 percent for a woman’s right to choose.” A week later on the same podcast, however, he told those upset over the Supreme Court’s takedown of Roe v. Wade to “get the f--k out of here.”

Joe Rogan said he supports the right to choose but expressed ambivalence about late-term abortions.

Rogan discussed abortion in the May 4 episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, two days after a leaked opinion draft indicated that the Supreme Court was readying to overturn Roe v. Wade. “It’s f--king weird, man,” he said. “It’s weird people telling other people what they can and can’t do with their body.”

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He also called out the Texas law that only allows abortions up to six weeks in pregnancy. “Who the f--k knows they’re pregnant at six weeks?” he said. “You find out that you’re pregnant, [and] you literally have like a f--king week to find a place, get an abortion if you want to get an abortion, [and] make a decision.”

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That said, Rogan seemed ambivalent about late-term abortions. “It gets weird when they’re really, really pregnant,” he said. “I don’t know what the rules are now, but I know that some states have late-term abortions, and sometimes you need one for medical reasons, right? … I am 100 percent for a woman’s right to choose, but as a human being, just as a person observing things, there’s a big difference between a little clump of cells and a fetus with eyeball and a beating heart.”

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On Reddit, listeners voiced their approval of Rogan’s comments. “We’ve gotten to the point with the [podcast] where I just sorta expect Joe to have the worst takes imaginable,” one wrote, per Newsweek. “This was a pleasant surprise.”

Another Reddit user wrote, “Make no mistake this is a radical ruling from religious fundamentalists. Good on Joe for speaking up and calling the Texas law terrible.”

A week later, Rogan mocked people who were upset about the imminent demise of Roe v. Wade.

In one widely-shared clip from The Joe Rogan Experience — a clip that appears to be excerpted from the May 11 episode of the show, based on Rogan’s attire and his guest — the radio host used a whiny voice to mock people upset about Roe v. Wade being overturned. “You know, it’s this Roe v. Wade thing. I saw it in the news, and I need a mental health day,” he said, imitating those concerned citizens.

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Then he criticized those people, in a profane fashion, and said, “F--k you,” he said. “Show up at work. Show up at work and work harder. Get the f--k out of here.”

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On Reddit, listeners railed against Rogan’s mockery. “As a listener since 2013, what the f--k happened to this man?” one wrote. “He is a different person in all the worst ways.”

Another commented, “Joe during Covid: ‘Mental health is extremely important. We need everything open! And the government telling you what to do with your body by forcing vaccines is authoritarian!’ Joe during [Supreme Court] overturning Roe. v Wade: ‘LOL, f--k you and your mental health. Just work, you stupid cog. And the government telling you what to do with your body is no big deal!’”

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