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Samantha Bee examines the origin of the anti-abortion movement

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Last week, Samantha Bee explored why the religious right was supporting Donald Trump for president even though, in Bee’s words, he’s “a billionaire bully who only says the word ‘God’ when he’s ejaculating on a pile of money.” On Monday, Bee took an even closer look at that same demographic’s opposition to abortion.

Bee pointed out that evangelicals were originally ambivalent about abortion, until leaders started a heavy campaign of anti-abortion videos — such as the one made by then-young sci-fi filmmaker Frank Schaeffer.

“One of the things I did, back in the day when I was young, was help found the the pro-life movement,” Schaeffer told Bee. “It is the single greatest regret of my life.”

Schaeffer’s film was followed by others as part of a coordinated effort by Republican leaders and strategists to mobilize an anti-abortion campaign — one that has continued over the past few decades, inspiring many acts of violence against abortion providers.

“After a generation spent successfully riling up the base with feverish anti-abortion rhetoric, it’s no surprise that the divisive issue has divided many from their own sanity,” Bee said.

Watch the clip below.