April 29, 2019 / Press Releases

NARAL Responds to Trump’s Escalation of Disinformation About Abortion

Trump continues to spread lies and inflammatory rhetoric to fire up his base and fuel an extremist anti-choice agenda

For Immediate Release: April 29, 2019
Contact: [email protected]

After Donald Trump’s remarks at a rally in Wisconsin, again pushing dangerous lies and disinformation, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement:

“Trump stood up on Saturday night and not only straight-up lied but also vilified women, families, and doctors facing situations every single one of us prays we never encounter. His behavior personifies cruelty and irresponsibility and his actions diminish the office of the President.

“What Trump asserted, for the second time, is false, illegal, and simply not happeningnor would it happen.  

Sometimes, later in pregnancy, a woman gets a diagnosis of a serious health complication that threatens her life or health. Other times, a family learns later in pregnancy there is a very serious fetal anomaly. Other times, the baby is dying and can’t survive for long. In all these cases, absolutely no one cares more than the parents involved and the medical professionals attending to these families. Certainly not Donald Trump. I think we can all agree that should our families ever face those unbearable circumstances, we should be left alone from politicians seeking to score political points and advance their cruel agenda.”

Every pregnancy is different and every woman’s circumstances are different. People make these difficult, complicated, and personal medical decisions because of a serious diagnosis that endangers the woman’s life, a devastating fetal anomaly, or near-impossible barriers to care. The only way to correctly respond to these lies is to reject the anti-choice movement’s intentional disinformation behind them. Read Ilyse Hogue’s recent op-ed in Rewire.News to learn more about how the anti-choice movement’s 2020 strategy is predicated on disinformation rooted in violent misogyny.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked 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. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom.  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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