At Colorado Christian University’s president’s dinner this week, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos compared the “vast moral evil” of abortion to that of slavery, and called the denial of public funding to private schools “bigoted.”
The Colorado Times Recorder first reported that DeVos, speaking at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., said that the “pro-choice arguments” of the Civil War era “suggested that a state’s choice to be slave or to be free had no moral question in it. 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 then referred to the “irony” of people who were in favor of women’s reproductive rights but against allowing parents to choose to send their children to schools other than neighborhood public school.
DeVos’ comments came shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court held arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. The case centers on whether a state tax credit program that sent money to primarily religious schools is constitutional.
“We are especially eager for the Supreme Court to put an end to the last acceptable prejudice made manifest in the bigoted Blaine amendments,” DeVos said, referring to various state constitutional provisions that prohibit public dollars to religious institutions. Such policy was “the last allowable prejudice,” the Colorado Times Recorder reported her saying.
The dinner came ahead of the annual March for Life, which protests the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to abortion. CCU students were to co-lead this year’s march Friday.