January 28, 2014 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Reacts to the Republican Party’s State of the Union Response

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.”

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.”


Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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