Abortion group cites Pope to slam Trump’s pro-life record, and it backfired big time
September 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Major abortion lobby group NARAL Pro-Choice America tried to use the pope as a vehicle for abortion promotion on social media this week.
The September 11 tweet also slammed President Trump, keeping with the abortion lobby’s ongoing narrative since the election that Trump is a bogeyman bent on ending so-called abortion “rights.”
Tweeting a CNN article titled “Pope Francis says rescinding DACA is not pro-life,” NARAL attempted to commandeer the pope to blast Trump.
“You know it's really bad when even the Pope blasts you on your ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy,” the tweet said.
NARAL was referring to the pope’s comments on the DACA program while he was traveling home from Columbia last weekend. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) permits young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents to stay and apply for work permits.
The Trump administration announced a rollback of the Obama-era program put in force by the former president by via executive order. Pope Francis had inferred in his comments on the papal plane that if Trump were pro-life he’d retain DACA.
This was not the first time the big abortion lobby group tried to appropriate Pope Francis for its agenda.
Another NARAL tweet seized at the time upon the pontiff’s September 2013 interview comment that the Church should not be "obsessed" with issues like abortion and should find a "new balance" in talking about issues.
It said, “Dear Pope Francis, thank you. Signed, #prochoice women everywhere.”
NARAL’s tweet this week met with stiff rebuke on social media and other outlets.
“No, I know it's really bad when a pro choice group uses the Pope as back-up,” one Twitter user said.
Culture of Life Africa founder and president Obianuju Ekeocha responded on Twitter as well.
“This is Rich!” Ekeocha said. “NARAL(National Abortion Rights Action League)speaks of Pope's pro-life views.Do they know what PopeFrancis thinks of Abortion?”
Conservative commentator and comedian Steven Crowder weighed in as well, giving his post the headline, “NARAL Uses Pope for Pro-abortion Tweet, Fails Miserably.”
“Seriously, whoever thought this tweet was a good idea needs to be given a urine test,” Crowder wrote. “That’s right hepcats. Abortion aficionados at NARAL thought using the Pope – who yes, is still Catholic – to make a snarky point about pro-lifers, was a good idea.”
Crowder then shared some retorts to NARAL’s tweet, leading with, “You know what to do, Twitter. Smoke them like it ain’t no thing.”
Additional Twitter responses to NARAL’s tweet are below.
You do know the Pope is 100% against abortion, right? So how much weight do you put on his opinion?— mike burke (@805mikeb) September 12, 2017
What the hell does immigration have to do with abortion?— Chris Lloyd (@chrisrlloyd) September 12, 2017
You have zero credibility on this subject. Move along.— Lee (@lmsjrpol) September 12, 2017
Hey, hypocrite - don't talk about DACA - if a pregnant refugee made it into the country, you'd be first to offer pro-death to her child.— DeploraPablo (@DeploraPablo) September 11, 2017