Phil Robertson's anti-abortion speech has gone viral. The video of the Duck Dynasty star was first posted on YouTube in January, but it has gained traction on the Internet thanks to a post on the conservative website CNS News.
You can watch the video of Robertson's anti-abortion sermon below.
"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," he said in the speech, which took place in Pennsylvania. "You're this long! You're a week old inside your mother. They suck you out of there when you're about like that."
Phil Robertson added: "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?"
Phil Robertson and the rest of his family star in the hit reality series Duck Dynasty, which documents their successful duck call business. The Robertson clan has not hidden their religion, as both Phil and his (beardless) brother Alan recently gave a sermon at Saddleback Church in California.
But Phil Robertson revealed earlier this summer that producers have asked them to limit discussion of the topic during filming. "We can't get into spiritual matters on the show too much," he told Wall Street Journal. "That's a little much for the production company. They say, you know, it's not the Pat Robertson show."
But we doubt this Phil Robertson anti-abortion speech will hurt Duck Dynasty ratings. Last week's season premiere was seen by 11.8 million people, making it the most-watched nonfiction series broadcast in cable television history. The episode also had a healthy 6.3 million views in the coveted 18-49 demo.
"I'm a superstitious man so I don't make [ratings] predictions," said David McKillop, A&E's general manager and executive vice president. "But do I think we've found the ceiling yet? I don't know but I don't think so. We have some fun episodes coming down the pike. So keep your seat belt fastened."