The PJ Tatler

NARAL's Desperate Chain of Lies

This ad has started popping up on websites:

Clicking on the ad leads to this page, which is a typical political “fight this bill” lander and email generator. I encourage everyone who sees the ad in the wild to click on it. Doing so will probably cost NARAL money.

Question: Why is the woman in the ad black? Is NARAL engaging in racial stereotyping? Pushing Sangeresque eugenics? Or do we see a not very subtle, possibly defensive, play of the race card? The bulk of the NARAL page singles out Sen. Marco Rubio, criticizing him for introducing S.2043. Rubio’s bill, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (NARAL doesn’t do the courtesy of naming the bill) would restore the right of conscience to oppose paying for contraception and abortifacients in insurance plans. Perhaps NARAL used a black woman in the ad to deflect the appearance that their own page is anti-Hispanic for singling out Rubio when his bill does have 30 co-sponsors and many people, of both genders and multiple ethnic and political backgrounds, have criticized the HHS abortifacient mandate. The model says, in essence, “See, some of NARAL’s best friends are black.”

The email that NARAL would have its believers send to senators says:

Birth control is basic health care. Ninety-nine percent of women use birth control at some point in their lives. And one in three women struggles to cover the cost of birth control.

At $9 a month? Or free if you happen to live in liberal places like NYC? This lie isn’t even close to being believable.

Improving women’s access to birth control is positive in many ways. A woman who can plan when to have a family is able to participate in society more fully. Allowing women to plan and space their pregnancies contributes to healthy childbearing. And ultimately, fewer unintended pregnancies can reduce the need for abortion.

There’s more than one way to avoid unintended pregnancies. One of them is free!

The bottom line is that birth control is preventive care, and it improves women’s health.

Not necessarily. Being on the pill for prolonged periods of time can lead to complications for some women. Disclosure of such side effects is common in medical advertisements. NARAL should be honest.

I strongly support birth-control coverage for all women, and urge you to as well.

Birth control is not under attack. The issue is whether the government ought to force anyone or any private company to pay out of its own pocket for the lifestyle choices that others make. The issue is whether we retain the freedom of conscience in America or not. Those who are truly “pro-choice” should oppose the mandate, as it is a fundamental violation of the right to choose. The NARAL email and the ad that leads to it constitute a shameful chain of lies. NARAL is evidently desperate to hang on to the power that the Obama regime has granted it.