The president of NARAL pro-choice America has admitted that she used abortion as birth control. In a video she published online, IIlyse Hogue admits that she had an abortion due to a contraception failure.
She begins by stating:
“I’m Iilyse Hogue, I’m the president of NARAL pro-choice America which I might not be if I hadn’t had access to a legal abortion twenty years ago when I got pregnant due to a contraception failure.”
Let’s just pause here and dissect what she just said. The feminist president of an abortion group implied that pregnancy alone can keep a woman from success. She also clearly and unashamedly stated that using abortion simply because your contraception failed is not only acceptable but is preferable. Listen to what she says next:
“I always say my abortion story is boring. I got pregnant, I wasn’t ready to be a parent, I wasn’t with the person I wanted to be with for the rest of my life, we weren’t financially secure, we both had dreams that we wanted to go on and achieve.”
That reads like a totally self absorbed person.
And, the abortion rights leader’s selfishness is reiterated by what she says next:
“I think about my abortion, but I certainly don’t regret it. It allowed me to go on and do work that I think was incredibly impact full…If we can’t decide that we’re not ready to be parents than everything else we aspire to fades from view.”
Is Hogue that weak of a woman that one baby would have sunk her entire future?
Apparently not, considering the NARAL leader just had a twins and- surprise – she is still the head of NARAL. Hogue made the announcement on her Facebook page last June:
“June 17th, my husband and I were thrilled to meet our new daughter and son when they came into the world at 11:29 and 11:34 am respectively. We’re still getting used to being new parents with all of the flood of emotions–overwhelming joy and confusion and awe.”
Hogue is married to John Neffinger who, according to his LinkedIn page, runs the Franklin Forum PAC, which does communications consulting with progressive candidates for public office. He also works with an affiliated non-profit called the Franklin Forum, which works with non-profit advocacy organizations on their communications . He also founded KNP Communications. He has authored a book called ‘Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential‘ which contains information about women can project strength without looking like a “b” as he details in a video here.
After the birth of her twins, radically pro-abortion 2016 presidential Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton sent the NARAL abortion leader this letter of congratulations. Hogue us a huge supporter of Hillary.
In her video, Hogue makes the false claim that where abortion access goes down the numbers of injuries and deaths from abortion go up. Except, the hypocritical statement has no proof and it contradicts the facts that women have been injured and killed for the past 43 years with not even a whisper of concern from NARAL or any other abortion rights organization.
The fact is that despite the claim that women needed abortion for medical reasons or for rape, Hogue follows in lock step alongside other abortion rights leaders like Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards who openly admit their abortions were simply for reasons of convenience alone.
What Hogue and NARAL don’t seem to grasp is that their the targeting of a weaker individual – a woman’s own child – diminishes women as a whole. Pro-life feminist Erika Bachiochi said it best in an op-ed she penned for CNN:
“When we belittle the developing child in the womb, a scientific reality that most pro-choice advocates have come to admit, we belittle and distort that child’s mother. We make her out to be one with property rights over her developing unborn child (much as husbands once had property rights over their wives).
“We give her the inhumane (but for 42 years, constitutionally protected) right to decide the fate of another human being, of a vulnerable child — her child — to whom she properly owes an affirmative duty of care. We do all this rather than offering her the myriad familial and social supports she needs, whatever her situation, and cherishing her role in the miracle of human life.”
The sign of a strong woman is not in how quickly she will sacrifice her own flesh and blood for personal ambition, but in how she maintains her dignity and that of her child while working through a challenging situation to find real solutions. Many women in much more difficult circumstances than Hogue’s have chosen a better way: instead of viewing their own offspring as expendable “mistakes,” they have faced their challenges while embracing and protecting life.