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Bette Midler Clarifies Comments on Roe V. Wade Following Controversy: ‘It Wasn’t About That’

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Bette Midler is speaking up to clarify her comments after being met with criticism for her statement in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V. Wade.

In a tweet on July 4, Midler wrote:

Within minutes, the actress, singer, and comedian was under fire from followers, accusing her of excluding transgender individuals who need abortion care. Midler was quickly labeled a “TERF”—a “trans-exclusionary radical feminist”—amid angry tweets and calls to boycott Midler’s upcoming Hocus Pocus

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“The term ‘pregnant people’ includes pregnant women & also people who are pregnant but are not women,” wrote cosmologist Katie Mack in a tweet of her own, addressing the issue with Midler’s statement. “It doesn’t in any way erase/deny women; it’s just more inclusive. I am a woman. I have friends who are not women but can get pregnant. Language that includes them doesn’t hurt me.”

Following the negative reception to her initial statement, Midler took to Twitter again on Tuesday to clarify.

“PEOPLE OF THE WORLD! My tweet about women was a response to this fascinating and well-written piece in the NYT on July 3rd. There was no intention of anything exclusionary or transphobic in what I said; it wasn’t about that,” Midler wrote, including a link to the New York Times article by Pamela Paul.

“It was about the same old shit women — ALL WOMEN — have been putting up with since the cavemen. Even then, men got top billing,” she added.

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