By Dave Andrusko
Earlier today I was set to write about pro-abortion House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s comments that appeared in Roll Call this morning, but I figured I’d wait, sure that the folks at places like Planned Parenthood or NARAL would get their noses bent out of joint.
Sure enough… NARAL put out a statement, bitterly complaining that Pelosi’s remarks were “particularly disappointing and ill-advised” and fell “well short” of its standards .
What in the world could someone who has carried an ocean’s worth of water for the Abortion Industry possibly have said to tick off NARAL Pro-Choice America?
Well, Pelosi (D-Ca.) actually uttered the unutterable, even if only to disagree . Stay with me.
According to POLITICO’s Jennifer Haberkorn
Pelosi said that she doesn’t believe in “abortion on demand” or that “abortion is a form of birth control” — two phases that abortion foes typically use to characterize abortion-rights supporters. NARAL objected to Pelosi merely repeating those phrases, even if she said she doesn’t agree with them.
Understand, in the interview (which I watched), Pelosi just lambasted Republicans who had voted to reroute most of the federal money going to PPFA to women’s health centers (a bill which Obama vetoed, of course). Haberkorn quoted and paraphrased Pelosi’s response as saying this was
an “insult to the intelligence and judgment of women,” and that health care decisions should be between a woman and her doctor.
That was not enough for NARAL senior vice president for campaigns and strategy Sasha Bruce.
“The Leader should stop using twisted GOP talking points about abortion and birth control,” Bruce said. “We don’t know women who demand abortion or use abortion as birth control. We do know women who make thoughtful decisions about how and if they want to start a family, and who need access to all reproductive-health care services, including abortion. We’re confident the Leader does too, which makes her comments all the more troubling.”
Two quick points. First, Ms. Bruce is clearly not reading the pro-abortion blogosphere. They not only do demand abortion, they insist it is a “right” that transcends discussions of good and evil (although they obviously believe it is near the ultimate good).
Moreover, if you look at the ever-growing repeat abortion rate, surely we can rightly conclude that some women are using abortion as what they see as a kind of retroactive birth control.
Second, the Abortion Establishment is very, very nervous. Their candidate–former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton–has strengths to be sure but also massive weaknesses. They include that outside of hard-core Democratic circles, she is not liked or trusted by the wider public.
And, of course, Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders is giving Clinton fits in Iowa and New Hampshire, evidence–if any were needed–that Clinton is a deeply flawed candidate.