‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Targets Abortion: ‘You Have a God-Given Right to Live’ (Video)

'Duck Dynasty' Star Targets Abortion: 'You Have a God-Given Right to Live' (Video)

Robertson has said A&E show downplays his religion

“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson has said the A&E hit downplays his family's religious faith — but the intensity of his beliefs comes through in a videotaped speech condemning abortion.

Robertson says in the speech that he is in Pennsylvania, though it is unclear when it was shot. It was posted by the conservative site CNS News, and linked on the Drudge Report, giving Robertson a huge forum. His show is the highest-rated reality series on cable, and his remarks put him in the middle of one of the country's most contentious issues.

In the speech, he talks about presidents he says relied on the Bible, then turns to abortion.

Also read: Texas’ Controversial Abortion Vote: Where Was Cable News?

“Listen, from the time you started inside your mother's womb, Thomas Jefferson had it right, you have the God-given right to live, for crying out loud. You're this long!” he said, holding out his finger. “You're a week old inside your mother. They suck you out of there when you're about like that.”

“And, when you got to be the size of my thumb, they suck you out. You wouldn't be here. Then, you grow a little bigger, like my fist – and finally eight, nine months later you come out. “And we debate whether it's a — some woman has the right to tear you out of there, a piece at a time? C'mon! You have a God-given right to live. And of all places, inside your mother — what in the world happened to us?”

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Robertson told The Wall Street Journal in June that his shows plays down his family's religion. The show follows Robertsons family of Louisiana hunters, who are rich from selling duck calls.

“We can't get into spiritual matters on the show too much,” he said. “That's a little much for the production company. They say, you know, it's not the Pat Robertson show.”

A&E did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

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  • me

    ithink it is up to the person if they abort not the gov- and not the church and not you.

    • Bob Ferapples

      “ithink it is up to the person”, you mean the one in the womb?

      • me

        no

        • Dook

          ur mom should of swallowed u me

          • BB53

            Speak English much?

    • Autumn

      Not according to our Creator. think it's time that women keep their legs closed and remain abstinent if they dont want to face the consequences. If you dont want to be with child then, stop having sex outside the marriage. You reap what you sow! Dont take it out on an innocent embryo that is very much alive. People with your mentality discuss me. You are selfish.
      .

      • Autumn

        Disgust not discuss * correction…. :)

        • William Mike Burch

          well probably not truly disgust, probably better would be dishearten and worry me.

        • AndreaBishopDaynes

          Really spelling police?!? WOW

      • William Mike Burch

        I agree with your idea but need to check you word usage… It should be people with your lack of understanding and beliefs disgust me…

      • BB53

        When they “discuss” you, what do they say?

  • KP

    In our society if a person murders a woman who is pregnant the perp can be charged with two murders…..
    If a woman chooses to end a pregnancy by abortion then it's ok?? What's the diff?
    We pay welfare based on the number of children people have and give a raise to them for each additional child…..sounds like we make laws and policies based on the way people will eventually vote.

    • Bellera

      Not only that, but in many states, if not all, the government gives w.i.c and other forms of nutrition to pregnant women from the time their pregnancy begins. I was also thinking about how DHS has the right to withdrawal a child from its mother at the time of delivary if the mother poses a threat to the fetus (ex. drugs/alcohol). Does this also not prove the state and/or federal government believes that at any gestational age, a fetus is worth nourishing and nurturing. The laws are very conflicting.

      • Marlowe53

        About 2% of abortions involve fetuses that can survive outside the womb and those abortions are limited to fetuses which are non-viable or women who are so ill that they need a therapeutic abortion.

        • Bellera

          I can tell you 100% if I had a knowledge that my child could have any chance of survival I wouldn't abort him or her. Also a “non-viable” fetus will begin to abort itself through a “miscarrige.” If the pregnancy is terminated by a miscarrige and doesn't deliver a woman will get an dnc. This is first hand experience. All I can say is the morality of ”mothers’ these days stinks. Where is the care and reguard for our children, whom we were called to love and protect above our own selves?

    • Marlowe53

      How can you not understand that women have the right to decide what to do with their bodies? It's very simple.
      But it's clear. You want to force women to have babies and live in alleys. Make up your mind. They're babies that should be cherishes until they're born and then they become a burden on you.
      People like you make me sick.

    • Marky Markx

      er because the woman has the right to choose dickwad

  • Mary H

    Thank you Phil Robertson, I Love you and your family. It is a shame that abortion is allowed in our world that was created by God, every where you turn people say it is a right for a woman to choose to abort or keep her child. God has made each and every child a gift from Him. God never intended for any child to be destroyed , no matter how that child was conceived . I also think it is utterly ridiculous for you and your family to have to be limited to how much “religiosity” that you speak of on national television. What people need to know is that Christianity is not any religion but that it is a relationship with our God and creator JESUS CHRIST. May God continue to Bless You and Your Awesome Family !!!!! Love Your Sister In Christ Mary H.

    • Marlowe53

      Abortion is not mentioned in the Bible and God loves women who face unplanned pregnancy. Shame on you for ignoring Christ's admonition to love your neighbor as yourself.

  • D.M.S.

    I wonder how many men and women reading this article know that when you swallow a pill everyday to keep from getting pregnant that's also ” Abortion “.

    • Marky Markx

      too bad your mother didn't swallow a pill. How retarded.

      • D.M.S.

        They didn't have the pill in 1962. I read the rest of your comments on this article, you're a very bitter person. Someday you will have to bow down to god or better yet all you have to do is open your heart and let Jesus guide you.

        • Marky Markx

          So fed up of all the ‘righteous’ sanctimony on here. I am certainly not bowing to some man-made fictional character, you can if you want but keep that sort of mentally sick behavior out of government agencies, schools and public spaces. Thank evolution we have a secular government and hopefully one that promotes scientific research and developments.

        • Marky Markx

          FACT: It was available: On June 10, 1957, the Food and Drug Administration
          (FDA) approved Enovid 10 mg (9.85 mg norethynodrel and 150 µg
          mestranol) for menstrual disorders, based on data from its use by more
          than 600 women. Numerous additional contraceptive trials showed Enovid
          at 10, 5, and 2.5 mg doses to be highly effective. On July 23, 1959, Searle filed a supplemental application to add contraception as an approved indication for 10, 5, and 2.5 mg doses of Enovid.

  • steve

    people lets not just look at one part of his speech. he talked about more than just abortion. we all need to put Gid in our lives and back in govt. isnt that why we have God on our money etc etc. George washington stated as long as we the people keep God in our lives america will be strong. Have you people noticed the more we take God out of schools out of our lives the weaker our beloved america has become? Now a muslim president who took away national day of prayer! May God forgive us for all the disrepect we show our creator!!!! I love my Lord Jesus and NO one will tell me or my children they dont have the right to say His name in public. God Bless Duck Dynasty and all men on earth.

    • William Mike Burch

      I agree with this comment on a whole… but the muslim president part bothers me. We are not to judge and he professes to be a Christian even if to many of us, he does not seem to behave as one. We must realize that those who profess to be Christian and do not behave as such do more harm to Christianity than any members of another religion can.

      • AndreaBishopDaynes

        If they had a hit show, they could too but no-one wants to see that bs terror crap-

      • Whip Phreak

        I beg 2 differ, he is the leader of the free world, a crappy 1, yes but still the leader of the free world… it is absolutely our job 2 judge his fruits, read ur King James, Matt., John, 1st & 2nd Corinthians…

    • Tusk

      NO “gOD” IN GOVERNMENT…. There is sposed to be a separation of church and state… AS THERE SHOULD BE… but there really isn't. “He” may be YOUR creator but not mine. I find it insulting that you expect everyone to follow YOUR belief. Now YOU and YOUR Beliefs are on the chopping block… too bad everything that YOU are against doesn't burn people at the stake or murder, manipulate and torment others like YOU christians for many many decades. Murdering Blacks, Gays, Pagans, etc. I still say Lion Arenas should come back in style. EVIL VIRUS!!

      • Gods child

        Yeah I like it how you say not my creator. So you don't believe but watch when it's your turn to die as we all have to eventually. We can”t live forever. You are praying to God to forgive you and making promises. As for me I believe and thank God everyday of my life.

        • Marky Markx

          All you religious nutjobs think you will live forever. That is th basis of Christain doctrine. Based on what exactly? Myths and fairytales, hearsay. Look, if this fnatasy makes you feel better that you think there is a heaven above and hell below that is fine, but don't be telling everyone else that your way, and your belief is right, because IT IS NOT

          • God Love!

            Blind to your own Hyprocacy

          • Marky Markx

            deluded by fantasy.

          • Marky Markx

            besides Godlover, I think the word you are looking for is Hypocrisy

      • Michael Stoker

        church of england you moron! they had one church u had to be a member of in england read your history! thats why we have freedom of religion, go worship a tree if you want to it has as much sense as you do!

      • harold hill

        God Bless you Tusk, I will be praying for you.

      • cvb

        well he actually is YOUR creator. and you just dont accept it

        • Marky Markx

          Bull Sheet

      • Whip Phreak

        Ur gonna be a tough 1 2 pray 4 but most of us are gonna have 2 pray 4 u… u poor thing u think u came from an amoeba that wanted 2 grow up & b a snake, that wanted 2 grow up & b a lizard, that wanted 2 grow up & grow hair, that somehow wanted 2 grow up & b a monkey, Lord help u… u poor thing, I think an EVIL VIRUS is chewin’ on ur brain, honey…

      • Live in Him

        He is your GOD too. He is a giving and compassionate GOD. We want everyone to be in heaven with us thats why we share and live according to his rules. It will be a sad day when you no longer have the chance to come to GOD, and you are eternally seperated from our lord. It is than that you will be asking for GOD but you will be unanswered. Eternal seperation from any grace. I pray that before that day you believe in him, so you may know real love.

        • Marky Markx

          No he/it/she is not because it does not exist, except in your mind.

    • Marlowe53

      George Washington had slaves. Get over it. The Founders weren't perfect and everything they said should be taken with a grain of salt.

  • Michael B

    This is where they lose me. It's great to have values. It's even more awesome when you walk the talk, as it seems the Robertson's do, but when you start making your values and beliefs the only ones that matter, you become a hypocrite.

    • AndreaBishopDaynes

      hypocrite or killer, hmmmmmmmmmmmm……………..

  • technodinosaur

    AMEN ! Right now, your family has an opportunity to stand for Jesus on national TV. This may be the last call for America. Stand strong and keep trying to wake America up to what we're doing – and – from the bottom of my heart – THANK YOU……..Karen

  • tom474e

    Why not cry out about the wars we have killed millions with???

    • BB53

      Because only people outside of the womb are getting killed and who cares about them? Not anti-abortion nuts!

      • AndreaBishopDaynes

        Wish your parents were, lol, sorry

    • AndreaBishopDaynes

      I do-

    • AndreaBishopDaynes

      Who says I don't?

  • tammydeaner

    amen brother phil!!!! Phil Robertson ( or any member of his family)— for president please!!! I would vote…

  • Carl

    Thanks Phil Robertson, I am from Baton Rouge ,LA. and my son and I are avid duck hunters and travel all over the world hunting. We visited your plant about 4 years ago and met you. I do not watch your show, but wish to THANK you for your stand on using our LORDS name anywhere and anytime we want. If it offends anyone, so be it. Our Lord is much more important that L.A. (Hollywood) clowns.
    Carl R.

  • Jamie Garrett

    I love you Phil Robertson! It's amazing to me how backward our culture is. They hate you because you are against killing a baby but have a cow when you kill an animal to eat it. Just a few of the MANY things our culture has backwards.

    “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20
    God bless you and your family! Keep the faith.

  • disqus_hlApgCIPVN

    Anyone want to explain why fundamentalist religion has chosen the social issues that have political ramifications (helping Republicans win elections)? Been doing this successfully for 33 years. After their candidates get elected, the preachers put up their sermons and the candidates are not held accountable AFTER the election. Why shouldn't people conclude that you are just “using” the issue for political purposes? It was Ralph Reed who told Republicans that he could add 7 million new voters for Republicans if they took a conservative stance against abortion. This is a non-issue for them because rich Republicans have ALWAYS been able to get their abortions very discreetly, very quietly, and very anonymously regardless of the law. Go to your search engine and type George W. Bush and abortion. These folks say they are sincere. Let me tell you how sincere they are: When you can get one to tell you what their goal is, one might finally say “to get the Supreme Court to declare Roe unconstitutional.” I then ask them to name the test case going through the courts that would end up before the SC that would decide that. They don't know! The reason they don't know is because there isn't one!!!! Yet, you say you are sincere. And you've had 33 years to do it!!! No, I assure you Republicans don't want the issue to go away (maybe to muddle around it a little). The issue has been too good for them for a long time. And the naive keep voting for them.

  • rimfire

    This is an example of good ole American southern ignorance. While I agree with religious beliefs and respecting human life at any point, this well intentioned fool disgraces notions of protecting life when he uses Andrew Jackson as an example of a life of faith. It's pretty common knowledge Jackson's policies of forced relocation and his intolerant racism against native nations cost 10's of thousands of lives. Jacksons legacy is an epic of shame. This fool talking just blathers like typical southern preachers and does not know how to make a critical judgment.

    • Coy Mason

      Ignorance does not start or end at the Mason-Dixon line. True ignorance is lumping people into broad general groups, like your post does. It was not just Jackson, but all of the founding fathers who made this a Christian nation.

      • BGMA

        No, actually the founding fathers specifically DIDN'T make this a Christian nation. Read their writings, and stop listening to talk-radio hacks who make that stuff up.

  • Tusk

    A Mother also has a “god given” rite to have an abortion if she so decides… Duck hunting red necks for jesus… wtf!

    • AndreaBishopDaynes

      Troll, pray 4 u

  • barb

    Try to talk sense to a liberal. They do not believe in the death penalty for a rapist and mass murderer, but are willing to murder 50 million innocent babies in the name of “women's right to chose”.

  • Pamela

    I invite you to our Roscommon County Right To Life Meeting the 4th Tuesday of every month, we are just getting started and would love to have you speak to our chapter.

  • Larry Freeman

    America we had better open your eyes, As Phil stated ,Andrew Jackson referred to his bible as the ROCK. If you have a King James Bible I suggest you start reading especially the part where it tell that in the last days there will be a great falling away from the word of GOD. We as a nation had better find that ROCK stand on it. Believe what is written in it. If you can not read then learn how to repent of your sins and ask JESUS to cleanse you of your sins. Then learn to read only to words PRAISE GOD. Go to the highest mountain or climb the WASHINTON MONUMENT read the words written there ,look up with both hands held high and start PRAISING GOD. Get on your knees as if you were a small child and ask GOD to come into your life, and to give you the strength to continue to praise him and to stand on the ROCK. AMERICA needs GOD more than ever. The BIBLE is the road map to HEAVEN read it, stand by it ,build your ROCK based on it.

    • harold hill

      Amen

    • Marlowe53

      Andrew Jackson forced a whole nation of Cherokee Indians to walk to Oklahoma. It was called the Trail of Tears partly because so many of the weak and young died on the way.
      He also took another man's wife and lived with her as his wife in the White House even though she had never bothered to get a divorce from her husband.
      Not a person on this thread seems to know history or the Bible. You're just a bunch of ignorant bigots.

  • militarybacker

    Mr. Phil, I couldn't be more supportive of you and your family and your values. You have a huge following and I hope and pray that you guys continue to speak the truth on your show and in your lives. I just wish more of America was like you all. Christians aren't supposed to be perfect…we can't be….we're just forgiven and trying to walk in God's path and not the worlds.

  • morningstar808

    Abort em’ so we don't have to support em'.

    • AndreaBishopDaynes

      Sick,lazy and evil 808

  • Sheba

    Thank you for speaking out on abortion. America has lost sight in our country's values. May our Lord Jesus forgive the actions of the people for they know not what they do.

  • BigJon46

    One man with the the backbone to tell it like it is. You can see why God has blessed this family. May God be with you.

  • jbm1980

    I couldn't appreciate and admire Phil Robertson anymore than I do right this very minute. I enjoy the show as much as anybody in America right now. I would like to share a little something myself: how in the damn hell did we even begin to describe baby killing as abortion? Abortion is really a military/maritime term used and said to terminate a mission failed or mission gone wrong. Now, ask this, when has a born or unborn baby been a mission? Never! NEVER! NEVER! If all of our parents believed in abortion, we wouldn't be walking on our own two feet today, would we? Even if your a woman and you didn't want to be a mother and your knocked up, then why the hell did you even open your damn legs in the first place? If your a woman and you don't want a child, you keep those damn legs closed until you are ready. Keep those legs closed, those pants and panties on at all times and most of all, if you don't like the look of the man who has you in his sights, stay away from him. Even if your a man and you don't see yourself becoming a father at all, you keep your ding-dong in your pants. We all start out as babies and we grow into who and what we are today.
    We all have to start somewhere if we are to live.

  • Michael Stoker

    keep on spreading the good news of the gospel Robertsons! RISE UP! i like your show and so does my family its refreshing to have something different!

  • harold hill

    Keep the faith Phil you know that it's a fight against evil that all Christians deal with daily. Our Country is so messed up because they have removed whats important, Jesus Christ. Our Country was founded on the belief in Our Heavenly Father and it's evident when you read about the history of this Country. I hope they don't try to rewrite Our Countries history, they have across the land removed many landmarks that have to do with God. May the Lord be with you, I love your Family and pray that seeds you are planting for God will work in peoples life's.

  • Sarah

    If this redneck is such a firm believer in a “God given right to live”, then why does he hunt down and kill animals? Hypocrite much? I see all of the ignorant Bible thumpers are out in full force. Silly little people.

  • Whip Phreak

    Ol’ Phil is on the ball, I'd bet ya my 1st born that if A&E keeps up their BS, Phil takes his boys, ducks & ratings & walks across the street to another station that will let them be “them”…

  • Don

    Aside from the fact their is no god the statement would still not be true because miscarriages happen all of the time.

  • Marlowe53

    When the old guy gets pregnant, he gets to make the call. When “some woman” gets pregnant, she gets to make the call. The old man needs to stick to beards and duck calls. He doesn't know a thing about what Thomas Jefferson said which had nothing to do with what was women's business in colonial times. Even then, men didn't tell women what to do when they got pregnant. Phil apparently thinks that his penis gives him the right to tell “some woman” that her job is to be a walking incubator no matter what her circumstances.

  • It Happens

    You know what some people have abortions because they have no other options, I know someone who had to have an abortion to give an organ to the child that she had already that was dying!

  • Marky Markx

    God, whichever one you follow, as there are hundreds, has no business in our laws. Man made god not the other way round. Sick of all the dogma.

  • Marky Markx

    keep it up, religious zealots! You're making sure that the Republican party will not get elected again for many, many more years to come. Hopefully the t-baggers will split the GOP with it's medieval dogma and the right will fragment just as the various christian faiths have fragmented and become irrelevant.

  • Marky Markx

    raise your hand if you think Mary should have aborted Jesus1 I do all the trouble that SOB has caused over the centuries, all the millions killed and died in his name and for what exactly? The reality is MAry was knocked up by someone else. No consent there and I am sure Joseph, though he put on a good face, was not too happy about the ‘immaculate’ conception. Nonsense? I think so.

  • DonnaCabel0

    I wouldnt mind an extra income like this.. e­x­i­t­3­5­.­c­o­m

  • Bruce

    If there were a God I would agree with you completely. But being there isn't what you say makes no sense to me.

  • Bruce

    You are laughable.

  • Bruce

    And sister he is taking it all to the bank.

  • Bruce

    LMFAO. That is hilarious.

  • POINT GUARD

    A 2 CELLED EMBRYO HAS A GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO LIVE BUT A GSAY MAN IS NOT EMBRACED AT AT SLL.
    SOME FOLK HAVE REAL WEIRD IDEAS, AND ARE MIXED UP.

  • POINT GUARD

    I AM ALWAYS CONFUSED BY THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ANTI-ABORTION WHO CHOOSE A MOTHERS RIGHT TO LIVE OVER THE EMBRYO WHEN ONLY ONE CAN SURVIVE.
    THEY ALWAYS CHOOSE THE MOTHER OVER THE EMBRYO.
    I NEVER EVER HEARD ANYONE CHOOSE THE EMBRYOS RIGHT TO LIVE OVER THE MOTHERS RIGHT TO LIVE.
    THE REASON IS BECAUSE A PREGNANT WOMAN IS A HUMAN BEING WITH ALL THE RIGHTS OF A HUMAN AND AN EMBRYO IS NOT A HUMAN BEING.
    IF ANYONE BELIEVED AN EMBRYO WAS A HUMAN BEING THEY WOULD HAVE TO ARGUE THAT AN EMBRYO HAD THE RIGHT TO COUNCIL AND A RIGHT TO PRESENT ITS CASE TO LIVE OVER THE MOTHERS RIGHT TO LIVE IN A FAIR COURT TRIAL. A TRIAL THAT WOULD HAVE TO DETERMINE WHICH OF THE TWO HAD THE RIGHT TO LIVE AN D DIE.
    BUT NO ONE HAS EVER ADVOCATED THIS POSITION THAT I HAVE EVER HEARD. ALL THE ANTI-ABORTION ADVOCATES SAY NO TO ABORTION EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF THE MOTHERS LIFE. BUT WHY SHOULD THE MOTHER HAVE A N AUTOMATIC RIGHT TO LIVE OVER THE EMBRYO. A MOTHER DOES NOT HAVE AN AUTOMATIC RIGHT TO LIVE AFTER THE EMBRYO IS BORN.