Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has said Satan is responsible for inducing women to have abortions by selling the procedure and whispering into their ears and “into your soul.”
The Republican, who represents Georgia’s 14th congressional district, made the comments in an interview with right-wing Catholic activist Michael Voris of the website Church Militant.
Greene’s conversation with Voris had previously made headlines when she claimed the Roman Catholic Church was controlled by Satan as she slammed the Church’s position on undocumented migrants.
During a section of the April 21 interview that focused on abortion and is now gaining attention, Greene told Voris: “Abortion is a lie that Satan sells to women. He sells it to ’em.”
“When Satan sells a sin, it’s not loud,” Greene said. “It’s whispered, softly and gently into your ears and into your soul.”
“And he tells you it’s OK,” Greene said. “And he says. ‘It’s just this one thing. You’re just gonna get it done, get it over with.’ And then he tells you a promise. He promises you all these dreams that you have in your heart.”
“And that’s how Satan sells a sin, and that’s how he sells abortion ,” she went on.
“He tells a woman that, ‘All you have to do is, you’re just gonna go to this clinic, just gonna get it over with, you know. And then you’re going to—that guy, he’s going to stay with you, that boyfriend or the guy, whoever he is. He’s gonna marry you, sweep you off your feet,'” Greene said.
Greene added that Satan may promise the woman she will now be able to finish school or “pursue that career and all your dreams are gonna come true but it’s the greatest lie.”
She said that “being a mother is what makes a woman’s dreams comes true. It is what gives you the energy inside, the reason why, the love.”
“It makes you work harder and longer than you ever could without children because you have a reason, you have your children. And children fulfil a mother,” Greene said, adding that it was the same for fathers.
The Republican congresswoman caused controversy and pushback when she told Voris “Satan’s controlling the church, the church is not doing its job” and the footage circulated online.
Catholic League President Bill Donohue said that Greene had “slandered” Roman Catholics and should apologize. She responded by demanding that Donohue apologize to her but also clarified that she was referring to the leadership of the Church and not Catholics generally.
“It’s the church leadership I was referring to when I invoked the Devil,” Greene said.
“The bishops know that, but had their loyal lapdog pretend I was being disrespectful about the faith. Just so we’re clear, bishops, when I said ‘controlled by Satan,’ I wasn’t talking about the Catholic Church. I was talking about you,” she said.
Green is an Evangelical Protestant but described herself as “a cradle Catholic” who was born into the Church but left after she realized she “could not trust the Church leadership to protect my children from pedophiles .”
She was referring to the well-documented history of alleged child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.
Newsweek has asked Representative Greene’s office for comment.