“It is outrageous”: Betsy Devos compares abortion to slavery

Democracy Now!

Jan 27, 2020

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos came under fire on Wednesday for comparing the Trump administration’s fight to ban abortion to the fight to end slavery. The remarks came ahead of Donald Trump’s controversial appearance at the anti-abortion March for Life rally in D.C. on Friday. “It is outrageous to really compare anything to slavery — but it is outrageous to especially compare abortion to slavery,” says Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center. “If the secretary was actually concerned about addressing the badges of slavery, she has the full authority to do so with her role as Secretary of Education. She could be dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. She could be focusing on inequities by race and by gender in school. It is this March for Life that allowed them to heap up this rhetoric, and this rhetoric itself is dangerous.”

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