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Thousands of families are being separated at the United States border thanks to Attorney General Jeff Sessionsā€™s unfathomably cruel ā€œzero toleranceā€ policy. As a result, thousands of children are being kept in prison-like facilities; employees and volunteers are prohibited from touching them for any reason.

On Monday, PBS Newshour correspondent Lisa Desjardins tweeted a statement from the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion organization that has enthusiastically aligned itself with Donald Trump, calling him ā€œthe most pro-life president our nation has ever seen.ā€ This wasnā€™t an issue that concerned them.


ā€œ[We are] completely dedicated to protecting the first right w/out which no other rights matter: the right to life... Therefore we refrain frm public comment on immigration + many other topics, incl. other policies that impact families.ā€

That an organization purportedly concerned with the sanctity of life would not feel a moral imperative to weigh in on the imprisonment of thousands of children should be shocking, but is not. The cynicism and myopia that runs through the ā€œpro-lifeā€ movement is pretty well-established, and the SBA List routinely endorses candidates with platforms that undercut pro-family policy, whether itā€™s fighting healthcare expansion, cutting funds for food assistance, or dismantling public education.


Plus, the organization has commented on issues outside of abortion multiple times. In 2010, the SBA List released a Spanish-language ad attacking Sen. Barbara Boxer, bizarrely, for her stance on immigration. The ad says she ā€œvoted against immigration reform to permit our people to come here legally to work.ā€ The organization has also commented on physician-assisted suicide, and in response to a judge barring the government from blocking undocumented teensā€™s access to abortions, once encouraged the Department of Health and Human Services to ā€œstand strong and protect the innocents, born and unborn, in their care.ā€ SBA List also partners with with Life Issues Institute, which cites sex trafficking, rape, and incest as concerns.

Jezebel has reached out to a representative from SBA List for clarification and will update the post should we hear back.