The head of one of the largest pro-abortion groups in the U.S. is 36 weeks pregnant with twins. In a sad irony, her organization is leading a campaign to stop a bill in Congress to ban abortions on babies after 20 weeks.
Ilyse Hogue is 36 weeks pregnant with twins, but she leads the pro-abortion group NARAL, which is currently fighting the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a Congressional bill banning late-term abortions because scientific evidence shows they feel intense pain in abortions. Despite the fact that she has two little tots growing inside her and waiting to be born, Hogue has no problem with aborting babies at that time.
Here’s more on Hogue’s pregnancy and comments she made to the Washington Post:
Ilyse Hogue understands the perceived irony in her present circumstances. She is 36 weeks pregnant. With twins. And she has the swollen ankles and sleepless nights to prove it.
She is also president of NARAL, the nation’s largest abortion rights advocacy group.
“It’s been really interesting,” she says of the reaction to her pregnancy. “I find it so humorous when the other side gets sort of knocked back on their heels when they see me.”
In January, Hogue told her staff that she was pregnant after years of trying. “I admit, I had trepidation about telling people,” she says during an interview in her corner office in downtown Washington. Hogue, who has gray-green eyes and wavy auburn hair, says she wondered, “Is it going to change the way they look at me? Are they going to treat me differently?”
Not only is Hogue perfectly fine with advocating abortions at the very stage of pregnancy her unborn babies are in now, she says being pregnant with twins has only underscored her pro-abortion position.
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.
As Hogue moves toward her final days of pregnancy, she says she believes in NARAL’s work more than ever — even as she knows that people on the other side of the issue find that hard to comprehend.
Before becoming a full-time abortion activist, Hogue listed her career choices, from working for Greenpeace to MoveOn. When she began at NARAL in 2013, she said, “I think I made a lot of people nervous when I came in,” by asking questions like, “Why don’t we point out that abortion is a medical procedure, and the values that drive us to fight for safe and legal abortion services are basic human values that are shared by a lot of people — freedom, equality, self-determination?”
Of course, she didn’t mention the “basic human value” of life – even for the unborn.