2020-01-28 12:01:12

"It is outrageous": Betsy Devos compares abortion to slavery

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.

Betsy Devos' 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.

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González.

Our reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues.

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change.

As the alternative to television networks owned by billionaires, governments, and corporations, our network amplifies underrepresented voices and those working on the front lines of social, economic and environmental justice.

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling and online at freespeech.org.

abortion access Amy Goodman Betsy DeVos Democracy Now! Free Speech TV Human Rights March for Life Women's Rights

Human Rights and Equality

Democracy Now!

Rights Advocates to NYC Mayor Adams: You Can't Arrest Your Way Out of Housing & Mental Health Crisis

Rights Advocates to NYC Mayor Adams: You Can't Arrest Your Way Out of Housing & Mental Health Crisis

The Stephanie Miller Show

The Fight For Basic Human Rights

The Fight For Basic Human Rights

The Stephanie Miller Show

They Want 2016 Trump Back

They Want 2016 Trump Back

Rising Up With Sonali

Navigating Free Speech In the Age of Guns and Elon Musk

Navigating Free Speech In the Age of Guns and Elon Musk

Related

Democracy Now!

The New McCarthyism: Angela Davis Speaks in New York After Critics Shut Down Two Events

The New McCarthyism: Angela Davis Speaks in New York After Critics Shut Down Two Events

Democracy Now!

Inside Israeli Cover-up & US Response to Murder of Palestinian American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Inside Israeli Cover-up & US Response to Murder of Palestinian American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Democracy Now!

Top U.S. & World Headlines — December 2, 2022

Top U.S. & World Headlines — December 2, 2022

Democracy Now!

Rights Advocates to NYC Mayor Adams: You Can't Arrest Your Way Out of Housing & Mental Health Crisis

Rights Advocates to NYC Mayor Adams: You Can't Arrest Your Way Out of Housing & Mental Health Crisis

Proud Partners