When you accuse others of lying, you might want to offer an occasion truth

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. This repost of a piece that ran a year ago reminds us that the pro-abortion lobby and the truth never intersect. Ms. Hogue has since retired as NARAL president.

Ilyse Hogue
Photo: Lorie Shaull

When you title your book, The Lie That Bindsas did NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue, you might be a tad self-conscious about, well, telling lies. But that, of course, is an absurd expectation. The pro-abortion lobby lies in the evening, in the morning, and at supper time. It’s what they do, it’s who they are. They can’t help themselves.

What exactly is “the lie that binds”? Well, according to the blurb

The Lie that Binds traces the evolution of some of the most dangerous and least understood forces in U.S. politics, offering an unflinchingly incisive analysis of the conservative political machinery designed to thwart social progress–all built around the foundational lie that their motivations are based in moral convictions about individual pregnancies.

All this and more in only 417 pages.

If you read the blurbs, the book is nothing more than a diatribe in search of evidence of the White patriarchal, authoritarian, woman-hating Radical Right” conspiracy. (Remember when then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton complained about the “vast right-wing conspiracy”?) The slur is often used interchangeably with “Evangelical Right.”

A common-to-the-point of exhaustion argument is that “The radical Right” cynically uses abortion as a “Trojan horse to provide cover for the right-wing agenda to curtail democracy,” as Hogue wrote in an essay for Marie Claire magazine.

These people are sooooooo original. They recycle claptrap that was painstakingly stupid 20 and 30 years ago. It’s grown worse with age, but that doesn’t prevent them from unspooling this drivel.

But don’t tell that to Marie Claire magazine (see above) or to Glamour magazine which just excerpted from The Lie That BindsThe gist of this particular canard is how can the public be so firmly in the Abortion Industry’s corner but NARAL and Planned Parenthood be on the defensive?

The headline and subhead capture this perfectly: “Most Americans Support Abortion. So What’s the Problem?: Protecting reproductive freedom is a winning issue with the American public. So why are we in the midst of an all-out assault on it?” 

This particular excerpt in Glamour reprocesses the confidently expressed pro-abortion assertion that “[T]he overwhelming majority of Americans support—and always have supported—maintaining the legal right to abortion.”

Hogue is long on exhortation and assertion, short on specifics and citations. As we have documented countless times—using Gallup’s data, no less—a consistent majority of the America public wants abortion legal “only in a few circumstances” (35%) or “illegal in all circumstances” (20%).

As Gallup’s Lydia Saad wrote back in June 2020, “All told, then, 55% of Americans favor a more restrictive approach to abortion, and 43% favor a less restrictive approach.”

Hogue also conveniently overlooks the growth in single-issue voters on the abortion issue. That number keeps growing, and the advantage for the pro-life candidate over the pro-abortion candidate among those who vote based on abortion continues to grow as well.

Moreover, as Micaiah Bilger shrewdly points out 

Hogue would have readers believe it is because a small group of powerful, privileged men just want to control women – and they’re attempting it by “wrapping themselves in ostensibly Christian virtue.”

She continued by reiterating the tired old claim that pro-lifers do not really care about women or babies. …

But Hogue’s accusations against pro-lifers better fit her own pro-abortion movement, which pushes abortion on demand, backed by the richest old white men [e.g.. Warren Buffett] in the country. Far from being “pro-choice,” most abortion advocacy groups advocate for only one choice: abortion, and do nothing to help feed children, reduce maternal mortality, help people find jobs or offer assistance to families in need. Pro-lifers do all those things through pregnancy resource centers and other charities.

Wonder if Glamour or Marie Claire would be interested in the opinion of another woman, NRLC President Carol Tobias? To ask the question is to answer it.

They want no deviation from the norm—and the norm is abortion on demand.