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
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 happening—nor 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.