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  •  Thanks--this is such (2+ / 0-)
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    lostinamerica, Sand Hill Crane

    a quandary for me. How do we get ppl to consider that their private beliefs, while totally valid, belong in a personal discussion, not a policy discussion. B/c if we can't understand that distinction, we are not going to get very far trying to convince a general, mostly uninvolved population of voters that their "ick" doesn't matter when it comes to this procedure. We aren't even clear on that as a community. I have to admit that I'm frustrated and sad about that.

    I don't want to have to keep talking about parent notification laws, or rape decriminalization, or spousal notification, or mandatory ultrasounds etc. outside of the greater context of what they are all based on, which is someone's "ick" response. IOW someone feels that that particular procedure, behaviors of the woman, point of gestation, is not moral or it seems icky (uncomfortable) and they want that feeling to guide policy. Insane, misogynistic policy. How is that different from the qualifiers we see here among those who aren't "comfortable" with something and don't see that as a private concern but not a policy concern? Just b/c someone isn't arguing for those draconian laws doesn't mean they aren't following the same logic--it's just that they draw the line in a more liberal place. But it's still not a clear, pro-choice position that allows us to advocate with a bold and unified front. I think this, more than any other reason, is why the pro-choice movement has faltered. We are not boldly clear and unequivocal in our advocacy of the moral good that is free access to abortion.

    We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.

    by Tookish on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 05:38:06 PM PST

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