Anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson was one of the featured speakers during night two of the 2020 Republican National Convention—but it’s not just her views on reproductive choice that are stirring up conversation online.
She has also repeatedly voiced her support of “head of household voting,” which means only said “head” is allowed to cast a vote. According to Johnson, “in a Godly household, the husband would get the final say.” Yes, you read that correctly. She tweeted about the issue back in May, writing, “Here’s another one. I would support bringing back household voting. How anti-feminist of me.” (This is, of course, an extremely heteronormative, cisgender perspective on voting.)
She doubled down on it before her RNC speech on August 25. Kirsten Powers, USA Today columnist and CNN senior political analyst, tweeted, “Abby Johnson believes in one vote per household and if husband and wife disagree then husband has final say. Please make this misogynist nonsense stop. (Her website says she offers a ‘new kind of feminism.’)” Johnson replied, “Yes. So shocking! A husband and wife who are in agreement and a wife who honors her husband as the head of the home. Gasp!! What a weird, biblical concept!!”
Abby Johnson gained some national prominence when she left her job at Planned Parenthood in 2009 and began working against choice for women—which was the focus of her RNC speech. During the speech, she claimed abortion has a smell and referenced a “pieces of children” room—both of which are very factually questionable. President Donald Trump tweeted a video of Johnson's appearance:
Along with her controversial views on voting and abortion, Vice also resurfaced a video of Abby Johnson saying it would be “smart” for police to racially profile her son, who is biracial. “Statistically, my brown son is more likely to commit a violent offense over my white sons,” she said. It’s…hard to even comprehend.
Originally Appeared on Glamour