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Lauren Boebert denies report that she had 2 abortions—but her biggest critics are defending her right to choose

Boebert is anti-choice.

 

Claire Goforth

Tech

Posted on Jun 15, 2022   Updated on Jun 15, 2022, 9:28 am CDT

On Tuesday, a political action committee released a salacious report claiming that Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) had two abortions. Boebert denies it, calling the allegation that she terminated two pregnancies over a decade ago “fake news” and “not true.”

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Those who believe American Muckrakers PAC’s claim are calling Boebert, who is openly anti-abortion, a hypocrite. Simultaneously, some of her biggest critics are defending her right to choose.

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But regardless, nobody even knows if it’s true.

American Muckrakers is a political action committee that runs the website FireBoebert.com, and its track record lends credence to the claims. It previously targeted Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), an effort that included releasing footage of him jokingly thrusting his nude pelvis into another man’s face in a hotel room bed. Cawthorn lost his primary last month.

Last week, American Muckrakers published an allegation that Boebert was the driver in a serious drunk driving accident in an off-road vehicle weeks before her 2020 primary election. Her son, dog, and then-sister-in-law were reportedly in the vehicle, and the report claims Boebert jumped out after losing control. Her now-former sister-in-law told the PAC that she had to be airlifted to the hospital and that Boebert begged her to keep quiet. Boebert denies it.

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On Tuesday, American Muckrakers claimed that Boebert had two abortions, including one at Planned Parenthood, and previously worked as an escort. The PAC claims it learned of the abortions from a confidential source. The freshman congresswoman denies both allegations.

American Muckrakers President David B. Wheeler said in a release, “Lauren Opal Boebert is as big of a hypocrite as Madison Cawthorn. He says one thing and does another. She said she is against abortion but apparently has had at least two abortions.”

The claim exploded on social media, in part because Boebert is very publicly opposed to reproductive freedom.

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Boebert has also gone after Planned Parenthood.

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Many of Boebert’s critics are defending her right to choose to abort pregnancies. They’re also pointing out that it would be hypocritical to terminate pregnancies and then use her position in Congress to try to take that right from others.

“If Lauren Boebert actually did have two abortions, I’m glad she had access to safe, legal abortion services,” tweeted Nina Turner, a former Democratic state representative in Ohio. “Every person should have that freedom and safety, if they so choose to have an abortion.”

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Boebert’s primary is on June 28. Colorado state Sen. Don Coram (R) is challenging her for the nomination.

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*First Published: Jun 15, 2022, 9:22 am CDT