Last Week Tonight Notices That Abortion Laws In The United States Are Extremely Fucked Up and Bad

Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight focused on abortion laws in the United States, namely the fact that—get this—some of them are not actually designed with women’s health and safety in mind.

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Most of the episode focused on TRAP laws, the bullshit regulations that target abortion clinics for the purpose of closing them down, with a side foray into the fact that a huge abortion access case will be heard by the Supreme Court March 2, and a quick nod to the concept that all these fun new laws designed to protect women are causing tens of thousands of them to attempt to abort at home.

“Abortion is theoretically legal,” the episode preview notes. “But some states make it practically inaccessible.” You don’t say.

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Thanks, John Oliver, for glancing at the clock all of us have been living beneath and realizing what time it is.


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Sorry, but is the snark aimed at him for “noticing” this really necessary? I haven’t been able to watch the video yet, but judging from his past segments I really doubt he’s guilty of any mansplaining or something similar. Why not simply praise the show for doing a (presumably) well-informed piece on this issue and for bringing some generally unknown facts to the public eye?

Thanks, John Oliver, for glancing at the clock all of us have been living beneath and realizing what time it is.

This just feels like an underhanded jab that is saying because he didn’t address this issue on the very first night his show aired, it’s not good enough.