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January 23, 2020 02:24 PM UTC

Education Secretary DeVos Compares Abortion To Slavery

  • by: Erik Maulbetsch

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

UPDATE 3: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley has offered to educate Secretary of Education DeVos:

UPDATE 2: The Washington Post has also noticed.

UPDATE: This story has been picked up by Politico: DeVos compares abortion rights debate to slavery.

This story, which originally appeared in the Colorado Times Recorder, was written by Gabriella Novello.

WASHINGTON DC — Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos weighed in on a host of issues during the Colorado Christian University’s annual president’s dinner Wednesday night at the Museum of the Bible, at one point drawing comparisons of the abortion rights debate to the ending of slavery.

“[Former President Abraham Lincoln] too contended with the pro-choice arguments of his day. They suggested that a state’s choice to be slave or to be free had no moral question in it,” DeVos told the crowd. “Well, President Lincoln reminded those pro-choicers [Pols Emphasis] that is a vast portion of the American people that do not look upon that matter as being this very little thing. They look upon it as a vast moral evil.”

DeVos speaking at Colorado Christian University’s annual dinner in D.C. (bottom row, center), just below CCU Centennial Institute President Jeff Hunt

DeVos called out the “irony” of supporting a woman’s choice to have an abortion but not for mothers who want to enroll their children in nontraditional public schools, receiving a vocal laugh and round of applause.

“There are many in the pro-life movement who heroically work to make abortion unconstitutional,” DeVos said. “Tonight, let’s talk about making it unthinkable.”

A graduate of Christian University, DeVos also weighed in on the oral arguments made earlier Wednesday to the Supreme Court over whether states can prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding aid to religious institutions. The Montana legislature approved a tax-credit program in 2015 that allowed families to offset the cost of college tuition, but that violated the state’s constitution and the state’s Supreme Court struck it down.

That case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, could provide answers to the years-long debate over whether public funds can be used for private schools. The Trump administration submitted a brief in favor of the plaintiff, and DeVos attended the hour-long oral arguments.

“We are especially eager for the Supreme Court to put an end to the last acceptable prejudice made manifest in the bigoted Blaine amendments,” DeVos said, which she argued denies students the freedom to pursue a faith-based education.

During a Q&A session led by conservative radio host Hew Hewitt, DeVos contended that the aid empowers low-income families to “make the choices for their kids that match their values or a better fit their assigned schools.” When DeVos left the courtroom Wednesday morning, she said she was encouraged, and it was a “thrill” to be there.

“The hope is that enough of the justices will see the argument in this and that it will either strike out the Blaine amendment completely at the state level or will deal a large blow to it that will allow for programs like this to be able to grow up more abundantly in states across the country,” DeVos said, calling the amendment “the last allowable prejudice” in the United States.

On the issue of Title IX, which protects against gender discrimination and sexual assault on college campuses, DeVos defended the administration’s efforts to establish a new framework that is “right and just for all involved.”

“We’re very close to a final rule,” DeVos said. “But the goal is to ensure that all students are treated justly and fairly, and we believe that the rule that we will ultimately finalize will be good for all involved.”

Ethan Van Vuskirk, president of Colorado Christian University’s student-run Club for Life, said that he appreciated the conversation DeVos and Hewitt had to close out the night.

“My faith is really integral in every part of my life, so for me, I loved hearing that she was just unashamed of her faith and of Christ’s work in her life,” Van Vuskirk said.

The Colorado Christian University ‘s Centennial Institute, a conservative think tank, and nearly 200 of its students and faculty came to the nation’s capital this week to participate in anti-abortion events. The audience cheered after learning that President Donald Trump will be the first president to attend the annual March for Life rally this weekend.

“We’re really honored that we have the privilege of co-leading the march,” Van Vuskirk said. “I’m hoping it inspires students to be able to join up with what we’re doing and buy in, and start making a difference in the lives of women and families.”

Correction: This story previously listed Minnesota as the state involved in the current case before the Supreme Court. The case is Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.


16 thoughts on “Education Secretary DeVos Compares Abortion To Slavery

    1. Once again, you attribute person status to a zygote or an embryo, and express concern for its right to breathe.

      But after that fetus is born and becomes a child, you don't give a fuck about that child's right to breathe air that is unpolluted, drink water that is uncontaminated, attend a school without needing a bulletproof backpack, see a pediatrician when sick or injured, or any of a number of rights a child deserves.

      I don't know who is more stupid:  you or Betsy DeVos.

    2. For someone who claims to care about “life”, you are totally cool with post-birth abortion.

      Where are your tears when little kids are gunned down, or when a kid dies of a disease because their parents can’t afford the medical care they need?

      1. Science is not their strong suit in the RWNJ crowd. Remember, these folk believe that the earth is 6,000 years old and Satan distributed the dinosaur bones to test the faithful.

  1. Did you miss the thousands of people who Marched for Life? I was there. Liberals are fools to believe everyone supports the killing of the innocents. There are still millions of Americans with a conscience, and we will all vote.

    1. You're funny with this so-called conscience of yours.  How do you feel about the deaths of innocent migrants in ICE custody?  Are you going to march at the border?  No, you are pro-birth, not pro-life

    2. You don't have a conscience.  If you did, you would care about the families being separated at the border and kids dying in ICE facilities.  You're too scared to talk about that.


      You would want to make sure kids had health care.  You don't.  

      You don't have a conscience.  You just obey your masters.

      We know you will all vote.  You always all vote.  Didn't save you in 2018.

    3. How many thousands of people was that, Moderatus? 5,000? 8,000? Out of a total national population approaching 330 million.

      Yes, I have a conscience. Unlike you, I don't support having big government in peoples' bedrooms. And I vote.

  2. DeVos is arguably the stupidest and least competent person ever to hold a cabinet post, but damn, she really needs to step up her game.

    Remember Nixon-era crook Charles Colson? Back in the mid-2000s, as a beneficiary of the privately funded welfare system know as wingnut talk radio, Colson told us all about how abortion caused illegal immigration because, but for Roe v. Wade and its progeny, we'd have a 40-million-strong slave labor force and wouldn't need to bring in Messicans to pick crops.

    That's the real shit, Betsy. That's how you tie together wingnut issues and blow multiple wingnut dog whistles simultaneously.

    1. Abortion is the primary cause of climatic change — without it we’d have more than enough bodies to breathe in and capture all that excess atmospheric CO2 !!  Can’t you see just how much warmer the earth has gotten in the relatively short time since Roe v. Wade ??

      1. laugh

        That’s the spirit! The one problem with that tack is acknowledging the existence of climate change. Every wingnut knows with a religious certainty that climate change is a hoax cuz this morning it was chilly.

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