This summer for a while I tried to post action alerts about measures that could help to reduce abortion, measures that prolife and prochoice people alike could both support in good conscience....
This was followed by an immediate onslaught of (in my view, anyway, unfounded, though I could see where they were coming from, in part) suspicions and accusations about who I was & why I was doing this.
And then I experienced a prolonged medical crisis that included some time in the hospital. Which sucked, but thankfully (1) it did not plunge my family into homelessness, because our family, unlike millions of other working-poor americans who are entitled to it , too, happens to have health insurance and (2) I had a little time and space for perspective re: my little effort here.
I am, and remain leftist-to-the-core, and dedicated to the cause of reducing abortion through nonviolent means. But I have concluded that Daily Kos is not the appropriate venue for me, personally, to make whatever small contributions I might possibly myself make to this cause, given my particular constraints of time, energy, money....
It's one thing to encounter & face disagreement; that's a big part of life, not to be swept under the rug...It is another to be constantly expected to use up whatever small amount of energy one trying to thoroughly, completely answer to ad hominem -style objections that one suspects can never be met to the objectors' satisfaction.
So, I will just continue to do what I am trying to do (however ineptly, inadequately, politically-incorrectly) with the website & blog, Nonviolent Choice Directory. While I do listen & respond to criticisms... I am much more interested in getting things done in a practical sense than in picking seemingly endless, intractable fights with anyone about Who's All Right and Who's All Wrong. Such fights to me are just saddening, debilitating, barriers to concrete accomplishments that actually save and improve people's lives.
If anyone here, prolife or prochoice, is interested in any aspect of what Nonviolent Choice Directory is about, you are most welcome to visit www.nonviolentchoice.info and civilly, constructively visit & participate there. People from all over the world visit, & it would be nice to have you, too.
A postscript (11/15/07): An attempt has been made, once again, to prove that I am somehow hostile to contraception. If I am hostile to contraception, then it does not explain why I am spreading the word about a campaign that urges people to, ten dollars at a time, spread up-to-date knowledge of all family planning methods in the Two-Thirds World:
Please give to this campaign!