In 2011, Lautenberg Said Pro-Life Protesters 'Don’t Deserve the Freedoms in the Constitution - But We'll Give It to Them Anyway'

February 14th, 2013 10:47 PM

New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg, 89, announced today that he will retire in two years at the end of his term. President Obama predictably praised him as a "steadfast champion of the people of New Jersey."

Well, not all of the people of New Jersey. In March 2011, Lautenberg spoke at a pro-Planned Parenthood rally in Englewood. In a statement the establishment press steadfastly ignored, Lautenberg, responding to vocal pro-life protesters, said the following (video still present at; bolds are mine throughout this post):

They want other people not to be able to have their own opinions. These people (referring to the pro-life advocates) don’t deserve the freedoms in the Constitution, but we’ll give it to them anyway.

That's not all:

Sen. Lautenberg, booed by protesters against funding for Planned Parenthood, egged on his opponents, who he characterized as “Tea Party Republicans” with an “extremist ideology.”

“Let’s hear their boos against cancer screening — hey where are they so quiet,” Lautenberg said. “Taken an Aspirin, think about this and maybe you’ll feel better in the morning.”

Steve Ertelt's write-up at reminds us that Lautenberg's audience applauded the idea of taking away constitutional freedoms:

The comment is coming under heavy criticism from Marie Tasy, the director of New Jersey Right to Life.

“Lautenberg’s remarks and attitude were extremely inappropriate for a U.S. Senator,” Tasy told, adding that the comment “bears repeating because it provides evidence of how Planned Parenthood and its supporters actually feel.”

“This statement is shameful coming from a U.S. Senator,” Tasy added. “Lautenberg made these remarks surrounded by Planned Parenthood employees, supporters and state lawmakers who applauded him. These remarks are absolutely shameful and need to be exposed.”

As I originally wrote in March 2011: "Lautenberg's remarks, if instead said by a Republican or conservative about his or her opponents, would have become prominent national news in less than a millisecond."

Instead, as would be expected in today's establishment press environment, Lautenberg's comments were barely noticed.

Thus, they deserve to be brought to light once more.

Cross-posted at