The first urgent business for the incoming 112th Congress was supposed to be a call to repeal the health care bill. Proclaiming a mandate, newly elected Congressional members and incumbents were on message about ObamaCare and what the American people want. They decried the mandatory purchase of health insurance and the penalty for refusing to do so. While they focused on the “will of the people,” they were very busy planning the will of the conservatives to enact new, highly restrictive abortion laws.
Joint Action Committee’s president believes that it is time to change the paradigm regarding women’s reproductive rights. http://jactoo.blogspot.com/p/presidential-ponderings-thoughts-from.html
Today I decided that we need a new paradigm for women’s reproductive rights. By that, I mean looking at why we say “Choice” when talking about reproductive rights.
Where is the word of God on abortion?
On Thursday, the news broke that the Obama administration included a ban on abortion coverage that basically meets the notorious Stupak restrictions that had been the focus of attention months ago within the health care reform debates. This means that the compromise that was satisfactory enough to the anti-abortion Democrats months ago to push through the “reform” has been surpassed with this measure; leaving many pro-choice activists asking “why did he do that? he didn’t have to!”
Starting Saturday July 17, Operation Save America (creators of the “INTOLERANT” t-shirt) a rabidly fundamentalist sect of anti-abortion fanatics, is calling on anti-abortion forces to “storm the gates of hell” in Charlotte, NC. Operation Save America has a long and vicious history of opposing women’s right to choose, fighting against gay rights, and spreading vicious anti-Muslim hatred. They must be opposed.
NARAL says the younger feminists aren’t as involved in the movement; that we’ve got a “lack of passion.” To that I say – we are here, they just need to pay attention.
Because of the tremendous work done in the 60s and 70s, my generation can sit around and have conversations about our feelings about abortion. But we need to remember that what matters politically is the legal right to have an abortion, without which these conversations are moot.
“Irrational.” “Hypersensitive.” “Hysterical.” The tone of comments on Daily Kos around the abomination known as the Stupak-Pitts Amendment is: “Calm down, little lady. Get real. Be adults. Doncha know how politics really works?”
Health reform must be separated from the issue of abortion
Surrounded by senators dripping with condescension, Judge Sotomayor responded with respect, nuance and a solid grounding in the law – to the point where the hearings sometimes felt like a high school civics class.