FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2014
Tonight, in reaction to the Republican party’s response to the State of the Union, NARAL Pro-Choice America released the following statement from its president, Ilyse Hogue:
“Today, the American people saw two very different visions for America. President Obama laid out a bold, proactive plan to improve the lives of millions, while the Republican Party in the House of Representatives spent the day rolling back basic freedoms for women across this country. While Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers might have tried to use softer rhetoric tonight, the GOP’s actions earlier in the day show their true agenda.
The anti-choice bill they passed today embodies the spirit of the their party’s anti-women and family agenda. By making the conscious decision to ignore the majority of Americans who are pro-choice, Republicans bosses in Congress are positioning themselves further out of step with our values and priorities. In fact, by choosing to double down their efforts to wage a War on Women, at the risk of ignoring critical issues of today, these Republicans are only fooling themselves to think the country will follow.
Tonight’s rhetoric will not overshadow their actions earlier today. The surge in pro-choice activism we witnessed across the country last year shows that the patience of the American people is running thin. Looking ahead to the 2014 election cycle, we will do all we can to hold these politicians accountable.”