Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Wednesday compared the debate over abortion rights to ending slavery in America while speaking at an event for Colorado Christian University in Washington, D.C.
DeVos said the Trump administration’s opposition to the constitutional right to have an abortion reminded her of the ending of slavery under former President Lincoln’s administration, the Colorado Times Recorder reported.
“[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 said, the outlet reported.
“Well, President Lincoln reminded those pro-choicers 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,” she continued.
“Lincoln was right about the slavery ‘choice’ then, and he would be right about the life ‘choice’ today,” she added, Politico reported. “Because as it’s been said: Freedom is not about doing what we want. Freedom is about having the right to do what we ought.”
The event was held at the Museum of the Bible and included a Q&A session led by radio host Hugh Hewitt.
Democratic Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley ripped into DeVos on Thursday, tweeting: “Dear Betsy, As a Black woman & the Chair of the abortion access task force, I invite you to come by the Hill and say this to my face. Would welcome the opportunity to educate you. Regards, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.”
As a Black woman & the Chair of the abortion access task force, I invite you to come by the Hill and say this to my face.
Would welcome the opportunity to educate you.
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley https://t.co/Yx2EToUdLI
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) January 24, 2020