In what Yahoo News called a “convention first,” NARAL president Ilyse Hogue proclaimed her past abortion loud and clear in her nationally televised DNC speech. Yet, the resounding cheers and applause from her Philly audience were not loud enough to reach the networks’ ears. In fact, neither NBC, ABC nor CBS provided any coverage of Hogue’s July 27 speech or the crowd’s shamefully ecstatic response to her personal history.
Hogue declared: “I wanted a family, but it was the wrong time. I made the decision that was best for me – to have an abortion and get compassionate care at a clinic in my own community.” The audience erupted and Hogue continued: “Now, years later, my husband and I are parents to two incredible children. My story is not unique – about one in three American women have abortions by the age of 45. And the majority are mothers just trying to take care of the families they already have.” Predictably, Cosmo called her words “powerful.”