Amy Duggar has earned quite a few new fans in recent months.
And last week, she alienated quite a few of those newcomers.
On Friday, Amy praised the Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that has protected the reproductive rights of American women for nearly 50 years.
Amy, it turns out, was a big fan of this decision.
And she decided to share that excitement with her 88,000 Twitter followers.
ABORTION IS OVERTURNED!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!” Amy tweeted.
The response was less than favorable, with many calling for a boycott of Amy’s clothing boutique.
The backlash to Amy’s initial tweet was swift and harsh.
“Full offense, f–k Amy,” one person replied.
“Access to SAFE abortions is overturned. This is not a good thing!” another added.
“Would you feel this way if your cousin had gotten one of his sisters pregnant?” a third asked.
Yes, Amy has been critical of Josh Duggar, but it seems that her support of women’s rights is not as universal as her fans might have hoped.
As news of Amy’s take spread, the criticism became even more pronounced.
On Instagram, Amy shared screenshots from what appear to be DMs that she received from an angry fan.
“Can you imagine being such a piece of sh-t that you celebrate taking away a woman’s bodily autonomy?” this person asked.
“Also, if you are what Christianity is about I will gladly reject it,” they continued.
Amy took the high road, but once again, her take on the situation smacked of privilege.
“Let’s talk and not attack,” she replied. “I’m not a piece of sh-t, and neither are you. So let’s stop the name calling and have an actual conversation.”
Perhaps it’s more civility than that Amy’s random critic deserved.
But at the same time, Amy is trying to be a nuance-driven centrist on an issue where that’s not really possible.
Simply put, if abortion is outlawed in America, millions will be denied access to proper medical care, and many will die as a result.
People like Amy, who want Roe to be overturned because of their religious views, believe that this is an acceptable sacrifice.
This is not an issue on which the two sides are likely to reach a mutually agreeable compromise.
But Amy grew accustomed to being one of very few Duggars who are well-liked by anyone other than far-right evangelicals, and she’s not willing to give that up just yet.
“No one deserves to be name called or attacked. We can agree to disagree no matter what topic,” she continued.
Amy might be surprised to learn that most people are not willing to “agree to disagree” when the matter in question is life or death.
“I choose to be kind even to the hateful people,” Amy continued.
“I understand why so many people are terrified and upset right now,” the former reality star went on.
“I’ve already said I have questions too… I think we all just want answers.”
Again, Amy seems to have misinterpreted the situation:
Most people who are in favor of reproductive rights already have all the answers they need.
What they want now is change.