Conservative Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren ignited a heated round of debate, as well as anger from some fans, after making a case that overturning Roe v. Wade “would be a big mistake.”

Lahren, in a “Final Thoughts” segment on the network Saturday, argued that any attempt to overturn the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion across the U.S. would be “unlikely to succeed” and would instead further divide the nation.

She cited a recent Quinnipiac poll that found that most Americans favor keeping abortions legal.

“We lose when we start tampering with social issues,” she said. “Do we really want to fight for this, alienate Democrats, moderates and Libertarians all to lose in the end anyway? That’s a risk that I don’t think is worth taking.”

Whether Roe v. Wade could be overturned has been a hot-button topic since Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement in late June, setting the stage for President Donald Trump to nominate his replacement. Trump has said that he will reveal his nominee in a televised speech Monday night.

Lahren said she’s a person who “would personally choose life,” but that she believes “it’s not the government’s place to dictate.”

“Those are my thoughts. Feel free to disagree,” she concluded, before sharing a link to her thoughts on Twitter.

As evidenced by the responses on Twitter, many viewers embraced her invitation to disagree, with pro-life supporters expressing their upset with her comments. Others expressed their surprised agreement with her views.

Yeah, it would be a shame to piss off the majority of people in order to save lives. How dare a political party sacrifice its power to save unborn babies. Government should never use its power for good. That would be misuse of power. #ProLife #sarcasm

— Aaron Smith (@PastorAaronSmit) July 8, 2018

If you’re not pushing to overturn Roe then you are a fake conservative

— TheConservativeGuy (@LovetheNRA) July 8, 2018

You realize most Americans support stricter gun control laws too right? So by your logic, we should have more gun control. Right? #GunSense #GunReformNow

— Mike Brand (@miketheidealist) July 8, 2018

finally. something we can agree on

— laur (@yolaurr) July 8, 2018 RELATED… We Already Know What A Post-Roe World Looks Like Nick Loeb Is Shooting An Anti-Abortion Movie About Roe v. Wade Trump Roasted For Rushing To Defend Tomi Lahren While Ignoring Real Victims Trump Praises Tomi Lahren After Restaurant Crowd Tosses Water, Insults Tomi Lahren Hits Back At Genealogist Who Researched Her Family, Misses The Point

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the first name of Justice Kennedy. It is Anthony.


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