According to NARAL, when Boggs was a Georgia state legislator more than a decade ago, he "tried to channel funds to anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers and make a parental consent law even more extreme." In oldspeak, that means that Boggs 1) supported the creation of a Choose Life license plate, which facilitates pro-life people donating their own money to pro-life causes, and 2) supported a requirement that minor girls be accompanied to the abortion facility by a parent. It's worth noting that this parent-must-accompany rule is designed to combat sexual abuse.
So the pro-choice lobby is twisting the facts, which is hardly news. But this quote by NARAL president Ilyse Hogue blew me away with its sheer nonsensical stupidity:
"Michael Boggs actually believes that there is one definition of what it means to live your life as an American. The thing is, that’s anti-American," NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement. "We cannot risk having someone like that on the bench when we know we have so many cases coming down the pike that will define the very fabric of who we are as a nation and we are not only a nation that supports diversity, but we’re actually a pro-choice nation."What. The. Hell?
First of all, no rational human being would make the leap from "X supports Choose Life plates and parental consent laws" to "X believes that he is the arbiter of what it means to be an American." What makes this really rich is that Hogue then goes on to "define what it means to live your life as an American" when she declares, wrongly, that America is "a pro-choice nation." Seriously, does she even read her statements before she sends them to the press?
The truth, of course, is that NARAL is very much in the minority. In particular, 60% of pro-choicers support parental consent laws.
I have a theory about what's really going on here. Boggs is a pro-life Democrat. The abortion movement has a deep interest in maintaining its stranglehold on the Democratic Party, which will become harder to do as the Millennial generation ages into positions of influence. NARAL is willing to spend a good deal of money to send a message to Obama: maintain your party's pro-abortion ideological purity, or suffer the consequences.