The two addressed guests at the 50th anniversary dinner for NARAL Pro-Choice America, the oldest organization fighting for abortion rights in the U.S., delivering strong messages on the impeachment process initiated against President Donald Trump and the continued fight for reproductive freedom.
Pelosi said that today was a “very sad time for our country.”
“I say this to you with great sorrow and prayerfully, that we are at a place that I hoped we would never be,” she said.
“We never thought we would see a president take the actions that he has. In fact, I don’t think our Founders ever thought a president would do such a thing,” she added.
"I don't think the action of an inquiry is a political move," Speaker Pelosi says at NARAL event. "It's not about politics. It's not about partisanship. It's about patriotism." https://t.co/94fxLuFqbn pic.twitter.com/JA01LmkPjM
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) September 27, 2019
Pelosi also emphasized the right of every woman to reproductive health care, saying, “We have won in the court of public opinion, and now we must continue to win in the court of law.”
Clinton, too, began her address by first addressing the impeachment proceedings against the man she ran against for president in 2016. She said that Trump posed a “clear and present danger” to the nation’s future and democracy, and she praised Pelosi for her leadership during this “historic” time.
She said the nation had also reached an important crossroads on reproductive freedom.
“In the last Democratic debate, there was not one single question about abortion rights. It has to be a critical issue in 2020,” Clinton said.
Earlier in the week, NARAL President Ilyse Hogue released a statement on the impeachment inquiry on behalf of the organization, which read, in part:
No one is above the law. Evidence presented shows that this President has abused his power, obstructed justice and obstructed Congress from fulfilling their duty as he tramples our freedoms and pushes an extreme agenda. Meddling in elections is an affront to a vibrant democracy, which is vital for our freedoms to flourish, including reproductive freedom and the right to abortion.
We applaud Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic Caucus for beginning this process and we encourage all those in Congress to fulfill their constitutional duty. An impeachment inquiry should not be taken lightly, but neither should the lawlessness of this President and his Administration.”
The event also featured Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Mich.), New Mexico Gov. Michelle Grisham and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), among other women, and prompted an array of best wishes from politicians, presidential candidates and public figures to celebrate the organization’s landmark anniversary:
Congratulations to @NARAL on a half century of leadership in fighting for abortion care, birth control, paid parental leave and protections from pregnancy discrimination. Our country is better because of you! https://t.co/VnoFTzUtB1
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 26, 2019
For 50 years, @NARAL has defended the fundamental right of women to control their own bodies. I'm proud to stand with them in fighting to protect and expand access to abortion and all reproductive health care. #NARAL50
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 26, 2019
Women's rights are human rights, and for 50 years @NARAL has taken on the toughest fights to protect our most fundamental freedoms. Happy anniversary. Let's keep going.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 26, 2019
For 50 years, @prochoiceamerica has led the fight for reproductive freedom for all. I’m so proud to support their work on this important anniversary. #NARAL50
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) September 26, 2019
For half a century, @NARAL has never stopped fighting to ensure equal rights for all women. With reproductive rights under attack across our country, their work has never been more important, but I know they won’t stop fighting for another 50 years—and beyond.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 27, 2019
Since its founding 50 years ago today, @NARAL has been on the front lines of the fight for reproductive freedom and justice. The urgency of this moment calls on each of us to support their patriotic work, and I am proud to fight alongside them. #NARAL50
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) September 26, 2019
No one should stand in the way of a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions.@NARAL members have led in this fight for the last 50 years, and now more than ever we must stand with them for the work ahead. #NARAL50 https://t.co/5SlnaO6hqg
— Steve Bullock (@GovernorBullock) September 27, 2019
In 1970, I was in Albany fighting to overturn NY's abortion ban, 4 years before Roe. The group I worked with then was the National Assoc to Repeal Abortion Laws, now known as @NARAL. I am so proud to have fought beside you for 50 years, and ready for the next 50. #NARAL50 pic.twitter.com/20YJNhK5gp
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