Washington NARAL Director Admits Abortion, ‘Hard for Women," Won’t Say Why

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 26, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Washington NARAL Director Admits Abortion, ‘Hard for Women," Won’t Say Why Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 26
, 2008

Olympia, WA (LifeNews.com) — The Washington affiliate of NARAL issued the results of a new study earlier this month complaining that not all pharmacies in the state stock the morning after pill or have pharmacists willing to dispense the drug. The writers of a pro-life blog contacted the director of the group, who made some rather surprising comments about abortion.

The writers at Abortion in Washington talked with NARAL Washington director Karen Cooper.

The blog first indicated that Cooper said her group conducted the campaign to contact pharmacists to see if they were following state Board of Pharmacy rules requiring them to dispense the Plan B pills.

AIW indicated "Cooper appeared to be unaware of the fact that this rule was no longer in effect due to an injunction from U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton."

As LifeNews.com has reported, Leighton declared the rule a violation of the conscience rights of pharmacists.

"Such ignorance seems inexplicable since NARAL Washington was involved in the appeal of the ruling," the blog author Jonathan Bloedow wrote.

He indicated the blog asked Cooper why a pro-abortion group would promote a drug to reduce abortions if it was okay with abortions being done.

"This was met with a long silence, followed by a nervous confession that, ‘abortion is a very hard thing for women emotionally,’" Bloedow wrote. He said Cooper quickly added, "a very hard decision."

Bloedow said Cooper tried to end the phone call repeatedly during the interview.

"It was clear these were not questions she was keen on answering. Early in the interview she became hostile and argumentative. After responding to this last question, clearly uncomfortable, she hung up," he said.

"As a result, we were unable to discover what it is about abortion that makes it such a difficult decision for women," he concluded. "If it’s just the removal of a blob of tissue, why should it be so hard?"