Boebert first announced her teenage son’s pregnancy at the Conservative Political Action Conference a few weeks ago. She recalled the exchange in which she learned about his situation: “When I approached him and told him, ‘Tyler, I’m going to be a 36-year-old grandmother,’ he said, ‘Well, didn’t you make granny a 36-year-old granny?’ I said, ‘Yes, I did.’ He said, ‘Well then it’s hereditary.’ Nice try buddy.”

Inevitably weaponizing the subject to push anti-abortion propaganda, Boebert added, “One of our biggest fears was not, ‘What are you going to do? What are people going to say?’ Our biggest fear is, ‘Are they going to choose life?’ And they did. We are so proud of them for making that say there’s something greater here.”


Boebert then used the anecdote to push the narrative that rural areas are more “pro-life” than people who live in cities. “If you look at teen pregnancy rates throughout the nation, well, they’re the same in rural and urban areas,” she said. “However, abortion rates are higher in urban areas and teen mom rates are higher in rural conservative areas, because we understand the preciousness of the life that is about to be born.”

Of course, as Jezebel’s Susan Rinkunas has noted, “Maybe—just maybe—rural teens are pressured by their conservative parents to not have abortions? And even if they wanted to end the pregnancy, abortion is harder to access in rural areas?”


If only Boebert would give the same degree of grace (or, as she put it, not “nitpicking”) to people trying to access abortion that she’s giving her son and his girlfriend.