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January 19, 2018 / Press Releases

NARAL Statement on Anti-Choice Movement’s “March for Life”

January 19, 2018

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As the anti-choice movement held their annual “March for Life”, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement:

“Every year, the ‘March for Life’ is a reminder of how a small group of individuals remains obsessed with shaming women for our personal decisions and controlling our lives. The thousands here today are so dramatically out of line with mainstream Americans’ values of dignity, compassion, and self-determination. This year of all years it would be easier to take them seriously if they were flooding the streets with people demanding that their ‘pro-life’ legislators restore health care coverage for poor children, which expires at midnight tonight.    

“7 in 10 Americans believe in allowing women access to abortion when they choose to. Yet, the anti-choice minority has been dangerously effective at pursuing their agenda of outlawing legal abortion and restricting access to contraception, in large part because their shadowy network of well-funded, highly coordinated and deceptive individuals and institutions work day and night under the radar to push a radical agenda to restrict access to contraception, ban abortion outright, and oppress LGBTQ people in our country.

“Democratic Congressman Dan Lipinski’s presence at today’s march is a travesty underscored by the fact that he will be standing with a President who has made clear in action and deed that his disdain for women knows no bounds. Lipinksi’s shared vision with the leaders of this movement should alarm anyone who believes women are equal partners in society. And as Trump spent the last year fulfilling the dangerous promises he made to the anti-choice movement, and installing its leaders and judicial picks wherever possible, he’s given them a platform for outsized influence relative to the incredibly low popularity of their fringe, dangerous agenda.   

“As the midterms approach, we’ll build off 2017’s pro-choice victories in purple, red, and blue states, and work to elect candidates who will uphold American values of dignity, equality, and respect. Our members will never stop organizing and mobilizing to defend the reproductive freedom of all Americans, and we’ll continue using the anti-choice movement’s lies and deceit again them in 2018.”

Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America and American Bridge released a new video to put a spotlight on the Trump administration and anti-choice movement’s dangerous actions over the past year. This highlights the insidious power of the anti-choice movement, which you can read more about in NARAL’s new opposition research report here.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”



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