Everybody says something stupid and offensive at one time or another. But it takes a special kind of ideologue to turn it into a speech repeated over and over. And that ideologue is NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue.
We missed it the first time she told a crowd that pro-lifers are “un-American.” That was at a Feb. 4 event in Washington, D.C. marking the pro-abortion group’s 45th anniversary (see video below). But Hogue liked it so much she said it again in San Francisco on March 4, at an event featuring Sandra Fluke, America’s most famous birth control user.
And lest anyone miss Hogue’s eloquence, NARAL tweeted it on March 6: “‘That, my friends, is not anti-abortion -- what it is is anti-American.’ - @ilyseh on current anti-choice efforts in the US.#NARAL45.” Continues after video.
Hogue began her rant by explaining how the Miriam-Webster definition of the word “obsessive” “totally fits” the pro-life movement. In the middle of her speech, Hogue ironically lamented:
Because what they really care about is telling women and all people for that matter, that it’s their way or the highway, that there’s only one ‘right way’ for us to live our lives, and that they get to decide what that is. And that, my friends, is un-American. But we know, and guess what, they know too, that the American people are on our side.
And if you don’t like abortion, the answer is more sex! “If the anti-choice movement really wants to stop abortion, like they claim,” Hogue said, “they should join hand in hand with us to promote birth control and comprehensive sex-ed. But time after time after time, they vote against these common sense tools.”
Hogue concluded, “America thrives when no one is allowed to impose their personal morality on others. That is the essence of the religious liberty that we prize.” And babies thrive when no one is allowed to kill them in the womb. That’s the kind of liberty we should all prize.
— Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media at the Media Research Center. Follow Katie Yoder on Twitter.