Democrats who’ve turned against the voters on choice
Update: I was also on Bloggingheads with Mollie Ziegler Hemingway. We talked about abortion, of course, and I even brought up this rape thing, for which she had nothing to say, really.
Talking to antis is frustrating, mostly because they’ve all learned that by invoking the red herring “human life”, they can distract people from what the reproductive rights debate is really about, which is sexual liberation, women’s health care, and women’s rights. Sperm are “human beings”, and have more autonomy than fetuses. Plus, one’s views on abortion are incredibly predictive of one’s political leanings overall. If it was about “life”, then being “pro-life” would not correlate with being pro-war and anti-health care, and pro-choice wouldn’t correlate with being otherwise more protective of human life. This dialogue hints at how much B.S. the “life” gambit is. Hemingway is defensive of anti-environmentalism, for instance. If one’s real concern were human life and not constraining female sexuality, the environment would be the most important issue to you, since it’s the one that has the most impact on whether or not human beings will actually be able to sustain life. Instead, she takes potshots at energy-saving light bulbs. Even though all those lives she cares so much about in the womb are really going to need this planet our needless wastefulness is destroying when they’re born.
Seriously, anyone who thinks a twisty light bulb to save the planet is too much of an imposition, but giving up your body for nine months to nurture a mindless ball of cells into a person has something else going on besides a love of life.
Today, we’re moving, so there may be radio silence from me for a little while (but please email me if there are concerns; I will be checking email), but I just want to report that the #dearjohn hashtag is going strong. There are many things you can do, but the most important is, at this point, shaming and contacting the Democrats who have co-sponsored this bill. Remind them that people vote for Democrats because they want support for ordinary, working people. They don’t vote for them because they want Democrats to force teenage girls and the working poor who’ve been raped to carry their rapists’ babies. A nice reminder of how lashing out against women ended Bart Stupak’s career would be helpful, as would noting that it’s really rich for a bunch of men to tell women they don’t deserve abortions unless they can pay out of pocket.
Dan Boren [D-OK2]
Jerry Costello [D-IL12]
Mark Critz [D-PA12]
Joe Donnelly [D-IN2]
Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]
Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
Nick Rahall [D-WV3]
Mike Ross [D-AR4]
Heath Shuler [D-NC11]