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  •  We have to move this debate to include abortion (1+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne

    choice rights.  Every single article I see on this issue...the article will list birth control, equal pay and funding of Planned Parenthood in regard to breast cancer screening but complete abortion rights are never mentioned.  

    It is like the past 40 years of fighting never happened.  The very reason there is a War on Women in the first place is the GOP forced birth movement that is the absolute core of all of this.

    So every time you hear "War on Women" remember that the right of choice is really what all of this is about....so don't be afraid to say it.   Women want the right to choose.  They always have.  Any poll you see that says otherwise is because half of the responders are men.  

    •  Women HAVE the right to choose. (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, Republicans are trying to inhibit that right de facto. as in Mississippi. But so far, state-level attempts to legally eliminate abortion (as in South Dakota) have failed.

      If I knew it was comin', I could pull a jet plane.--Reggie Jackson

      by LongTom on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 05:18:46 PM PDT

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    •  I take the opposite view. (3+ / 0-)
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      jmrichardson, Matt Z, schnecke21

      Look, we've been fighting about reproductive rights for a long time, and no one's given a damn. We've already had the clock rolled back throughout most of this country when it comes to all matters of abortion access. And no matter how much we express outrage about it, no one cares. The Democratic Party would rather we not talk about it at all.

      So why is the assault on women resonating now? Because it's much bigger than abortion. Republicans have politicized domestic violence, are trying to undo equal pay, and have waged all-out war on birth control. It's a conversation that goes far beyond abortion, as well it should, because women's equality is about much more than abortion access.

      Don't get me wrong—abortion is an issue and an important one. But that's not why we're seeing a gender gap. That's not why even Republican women are saying they don't know if they can bring themselves to support their party. Women who have been able to tell themselves that our fight doesn't concern them can't do that anymore because when you go after health care that 99 percent of women have used, you're personally attacking most of the women in this country.

      I think it would be a huge mistake to try to focus this on abortion right now. That doesn't mean we don't talk about it, it has always been under attack and the reason the whole country is talking about women right now is bigger than abortion. The media has a much easier time discussing non-abortion rights (which is bullshit, but that's how it is). So as I see it, we keep making the point that all women are under assault on a number of fronts and keep watching that gender gap grow. Because if women deliver victories for Democrats in November, we have a mandate. We can have a louder voice in the conversation. We show our strength, and we can better force our way to the table.

      We have their attention now. Let's not lose it or narrow it by insisting that it has to focus on just one of many battles in the war.

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