Nadler Calls on Karen Hughes to Apologize for Equating Pro-Choice Americans with Terrorists

Apr 28, 2004

Washington, DC -- Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and other members of Congress today demanded that Karen Hughes, a top advisor to President Bush, apologize for a recent statement she made comparing pro-choice Americans to terrorists. In a letter to the President sent earlier this week, Nadler insisted that Bush urge Ms. Hughes to apologize for her comments.

"President Bush promised in his campaign that he would be a uniter, not a divider," said Nadler. "We have seen several instances to the contrary on behalf of the President and his Administration since his inauguration. Karen Hughes's recent comments comparing pro-choice advocates to terrorists are no different."

During a live interview on CNN, when asked about her thoughts on the March for Women's Lives, Karen Hughes said, "I think after September 11th the American people are valuing life more and realizing that we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life. And President Bush has worked to say, let's be reasonable, let's work to value life, let's try to reduce the number of abortions, let's increase adoptions. And I think those are the kind of policies that the American people can support, particularly at a time when we're facing an enemy, and really the fundamental difference between us and the terror network we fight is that we value every life."

Said Nadler, "It is simply disgusting that the Bush Administration makes a practice of calling anyone who dares to disagree with its own views unpatriotic or a terrorist. We have seen Bush and his chickenhawk cronies drape themselves in the American flag while they attack John Kerry for his valor and two tours of duty in Vietnam. Now they are implying that over one million pro-choice Americans are terrorists for attending the March for Women's Lives to defend a woman's fundamental right to choose to have an abortion. Karen Hughes must immediately apologize for her tasteless attack on pro-choice Americans."