Television evangelist Pat Robertson said Monday on ABC Family's The 700 Club that progressives support legal access to abortion because they want to make straight women equal with lesbians.

While discussing why President Barack Obama supported the funding of Planned Parenthood, Robertson said the far left supported a "culture of death" that was "livid about killing babies."

"If a woman is a lesbian, what advantage does she have over a married woman? Or what deficiency does she have?" he asked his co-host, Terry Meeuwsen.

"Well, she can’t have children," Meeuwsen answered.

"That’s exactly right," he said. "And so if these married women don’t have children, if they abort their babies, then that kind of puts them on a level playing field. And you say, nobody’s there to express that? Isn’t that shocking? Well, think about it a little bit ladies and gentlemen."

Robertson is a cornerstone figure in America's Christian right movement. He is the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, the Christian Coalition, International Family Entertainment Inc., Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation, and Regent University.

In recent years Robertson has come under fire for calling for the assassinations of foreign leaders, blaming gay people for Hurricane Katrina and claiming a "pact with the devil" caused an earthquake in Haiti, among other things.

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[H/T: Rightwing Watch]