Lila Rose: Pro-Choicers Change Focus Because Their Position Is ‘Untenable’

Zoey DiMauro | October 16, 2014 | 10:06am EDT
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Christendom College students pray in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 29, 2013. (Christendom College)

( “It’s tough to be an abortion advocate today because the reality is, your position is untenable,” says Live Action president Lila Rose.

Rose noted that a growing number of pro-choicers, such as Slate writer Hanna Rosin, are now openly claiming that “Abortion is great” instead of professing the belief that the procedure should be “safe, legal, and rare.”

“The abortion side, including Planned Parenthood, they're always vacillating with their talking points because no matter what they say, they’re going to get in trouble,” Rose told

“Whether they say ‘abortion is not good, we don’t want a lot of it,’ they're admitting that abortion is a violent act against a child inherently... and it’s hurtful to the mother. But then if they take the other talking point, which is ‘actually, abortion is great, it’s empowering,’ they are completely out of touch with the experience of millions of women and what millions of people know to be true,” she explained.

"Which is, abortion is a violent killing of a child, and that it's actually against a woman in every way: psychologically, physically, emotionally. So, you know, it's tough to be an abortion advocate today, because the reality is, your position is untenable."

Live Action previously unearthed Planned Parenthood’s cover-up of statutory rape, sex trafficking and its employees’ recommendation of porn and potentially abusive sex practices to minors, which Rose condemned. "Planned Parenthood tells our young girls that 'no' doesn't mean no all the time," she said.

Rose appeared at a press conference outside a Planned Parenthood facility in Washington, D.C. with other pro-life leaders, including Josh Duggar from the Family Research Council (FRC) and former nurse and pro-life blogger Jill Stanek.

The group spoke out against the billion-dollar-a-year corporation, pointing out that Planned Parenthood receives close to $500 million in taxpayer subsidies every year, not including money from Obamacare.

Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of the Radiance Foundation, agreed with Rose, saying that pro-choice advocates have no idea “what to call themselves. Pro-choice has such an identity crisis.

“They want to try to shed the label of pro-choice to begin with, because then they realize they’re not actually offering a choice,” he told “When you’re aborting 145 babies for every adoption referral... there is no choice.

"They demonize any other choice other than that of abortion. Slate just came out with an article saying 'Abortion is great.' They have to get away from it because they don't have science, they don't have history, they don't have the statistics on their side. So they're going with this emotional feeling... And it's such narcissism."

The pro-life leaders also highlighted the recent news that some health insurers are covering abortion under the Affordable Care Act's exchanges, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

“Seven out of ten Americans agree that their taxpayer dollars should not be used for abortion,” said Mary Drury with Americans United for Life (AUL). “The results of the GAO report prove that the Obama administration has failed to keep its promise to prevent taxpayer funding of abortion through Obamacare.”

“Planned Parenthood, do what the rest of the non-profits do and raise your own money,” challenged Alison Howard of Concerned Women for America (CWA). “If you’re that needed, then go get your own money, but please don’t make Americans complicit in the act of abortion.”

“I’m the oldest of 19 Kids and Counting, so that’s what I call real planned parenthood, when you’re actually planning to have kids and be a parent,” said Duggar, executive director of FRC Action and a reality star on TLC.

“I am not going to stand idly by while this federal government continues to pay for organizations like Planned Parenthood and others who are taking the lives of innocent, unborn children,” Duggar added.

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