Blog For Choice Day!

22 Jan 2010 07:56 pm
Posted by: Donna

First, I want to alert y’all to Amanda Marcotte’s mind-blowingly eloquent and acerbic post about choice at Pandagon.

My offering will be a reiteration of a couple of themes I’ve blogged about here before and I want to focus specifically on Arizona because we’ve been the locus of some rather egregious anti-choice anti-woman legislation in recent years.

1. Stop letting the anti-choice movement in Arizona define the debate; make anti-choice politicians defend their statements

When an anti-choicer like Vernon Parker paints Planned Parenthood as an extremist organization for opposing “middle of the road reform” such as forcing women to view misleading propaganda before they can get an abortion, he needs to be called on it. There is nothing reasonable or moderate about treating women as though they are too stupid to make their own decisions. That is an extreme view that should never even be treated as respectable. When Vernon speaks of “gruesome” procedure of “partial birth abortion” he needs to be put on the spot. He should explain, first off, what his medical credentials are and under what circumstances he believes most women get these “gruesome procedures”. To let him make pronouncements about late term abortion unchallenged is to allow him to make a disgusting insinuation about women in unthinkable situations having to make horrific choices. He rubs salt in their wounds through the implication that late term abortions are performed on women for non-medically necessary reasons. He should definitely not get away with perpetuating the bogus meme that Planned Parenthood is an “out of the mainstream” organization. Who the hell elected Vernon to be the arbiter of where the mainstream is?

The biggest challenge to us in the pro-choice community is how to put these questions to them. The MSM seems all-too-willing to unquestioningly accept whatever anti-choicers say about their positions and they love to play the false equivalence game, where there are “sides” in the abortion “debate” and they are both equal and equally honest about their agenda.

2. Abortion has been banned in Arizona already and the statute is still on the books!

Prior to Roe v. Wade Arizona passed the following into law:

13-3604. Soliciting abortion; punishment; exception

A woman who solicits from any person any medicine, drug or substance whatever, and takes it, or who submits to an operation, or to the use of any means whatever, with intent thereby to procure a miscarriage, unless it is necessary to preserve her life, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than one nor more than five years.

Why is that law still in existence? How is it that anti-choice lawmakers managed to pass a slew of limitations on women’s access to a procedure legalized in 1973 without addressing the statute that requires a prison term of one to five years for a woman convicted of attempting to get an abortion? Without a Dem majority in either house it’s unlikely a bill to repeal it will get very far but it puzzles me that Democratic legislators aren’t introducing one every year, even if it goes nowhere. The fact that Janet Napolitano and would veto them was no impediment to anti-choice bills being sent to her desk the whole time she was Governor. But the people pushing the bills didn’t care. The point was to make a statement and get their bullcrap anti-choice talking points out. ARS 13-3604 along with 13-3605 (check that one out) present an opportunity for the pro-choice movement in Arizona to go on offense instead of always playing defense.

As I’m sure of many of y’all, I’m heartily sick of having to fight this battle year in and year out and having to defend the basic rights and dignity of women against lying hypocrites. Pro-choice means supporting access to reliable contraception, comprehensive sex ed, and safe legal abortion. That’s not an extreme position and there’s nothing for us to apologize for. Let those who don’t support women defend themselves.

5 Comments

  1. Comment by Eli_Blake on January 23, 2010 1:32 pm

    Thank you!

    I get so p***** off that we stand by and smile while the Reptiles throw all kinds of slanderous rhetoric at us, and then we answer like Professor Milquetoast and don’t even respond at all to some of their more outrageous vilifications.

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on January 25, 2010 8:33 am

    Oh c’mon. You know what the problem is. They’ve lost the bases interest in the icky gay issue. (there’s a fourth amendment?)

    “Ha! Us right wing Christian males have the right to dicatate to you lttle ladies about your bodies. Don’t worry your pretty little hae heads about it.”

    (yes its’s snark. and I am not yet in a rage, but…….Ah too late))

  3. Comment by Timmys Cat on January 25, 2010 8:47 am

    Oh yeah! Lets rock and roll.

    How’s about every time there’s premature ejaculation the male person is in court. Can’t get it up? Civil fine! Masturbation? Nope, you have to go to another state that allows that.

  4. Comment by Timmys Cat on January 25, 2010 3:16 pm

    Let those who don’t support women defend themselves.

    Had to calm down a bit. and re-read. This is my big button issue. (ya thinkk?) In my heart of hearts, this world would be much more peaceful and safer if women were in charge.

    (Ok, a bit more out.. Yes I am and no i”m not )

  5. Comment by Terry on February 5, 2010 10:14 am

    I get really mad as well when a political idiot says he’s against “partial birth abortion”!!! I just want to EXPLODE with rage at the t.v.. Harold Ford was on Colbert Show and said that he was pro choice but against “pba”–WHAT AN IDIOT! Liar scum ignorant prick. oh god I need a drink……

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