Last month, The Washington Post did a piece on Ilyse Hogue (pictured right), the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Hogue, 45, happened to be 36 weeks pregnant with twins at the time of the piece.
The abortion advocate’s pregnancy was certainly a focus of the piece, and even framed the title, as a pro-life advocate had apparently questioned if her pregnancy was real.
Hogue says she was initially hesitant to tell people about her pregnancy, but also says it didn’t change her mind about abortion:
If anything, she says, it has reinforced her position. And pushed her to fight harder for a woman’s right to choose — whether she chooses to terminate an unintended pregnancy or chooses to be a parent.
The abortion movement certainly has had more of a platform beyond the “Style” section of The Washington Post, though, to communicate this view.
The piece on Hogue made another interesting point:
And, she says, she’s gotten plenty of comments to the effect of, “‘Now you know what it’s like, so there’s no way you can stay in your position and continue to do this work.’ As though as soon as you get pregnant, you abandon any previous sense that you had around a woman’s right to choose to terminate a pregnancy.”
It is not, however, unheard of for women who become pregnant (or for men whose partners become pregnant) to form such a bond with their children during their pregnancies, that it helps them to become pro-life. Also, no matter how Hogue or other abortion advocates dress up the issue with the language of choice, it is somewhat odd to imagine Hogue carrying two preborn human beings inside of her while fighting to allow other preborn boys and girls, just like her own children, to be aborted.
One account on tumblr, “Pregnant, Parenting, and Pro-Choice,” created by the pro-abortion outlet, RH Reality Check, references the piece from WaPo and is full of stories of those who claim it is compatible to call oneself pro-choice and be pregnant or a parent.
Just like Hogue did, those whose stories are featured on the tumblr blog define the abortion issue with dressed up language and distractions. They don’t seem to see the irony – and more importantly, the sadness – involved in how they advocate for the deaths of children just like the ones they themselves carried.
Jodi Jacobson (pictured left), editor-in-chief of RH Reality Check, shows just how ridiculous it is for a project to be celebrated by abortion advocates with such a mentality:
Being pro-choice is fundamentally about parenting , because it means believing, as the international women’s rights movement has long stated, that every child should be a wanted child, and that, by extension, that every parent is a willing parent.
So in the world of the pro-aborts, it not only makes sense to be “pro-choice” and pregnant or parenting, but they’re the ones best fit to be parents, and even best fit to decide who should be a parent. Such a mentality is horrifying, but it sadly shouldn’t be all that shocking.
I would absolutely choose that a child be carried to term by someone who is pro-choice rather than be aborted. Any pro-lifer would. But our hesitation should be forgiven and our points should be understood. Unlike those who may be “pregnant, parenting and pro-choice,” we believe that all children are equally deserving of the right to life, not just our own. We don’t believe in the mantra of “every child a wanted child” – at least not when it comes to supporting abortion – because every child is wanted by someone.