Many of you know that when I first made my way to Daily Kos a decade ago, I was weakly anti-abortion. However, a chain of events over the last four years have pushed me all the way over to the pro-choice side. Why? Unless I'm very wrong, it's become increasingly apparent that the pro-life movement isn't about the sanctity of life or protecting women at all. It's about a backdoor attempt to roll back the right to privacy. Several things have happened that make me think that if the pro-lifers get their way, it could open up a can of worms that could literally put the government in our bedroom. So much for smaller government, right? More and more, I realized that I didn't leave the pro-life movement. The pro-life movement left me.
With that, I've come up with several tough questions for the likes of Troy Newman, Janet Porter and others on the pro-life side.
1. Why are you pushing horribly invasive laws like one proposed in Oklahoma that would have set up an extensive database of every woman who had an abortion in the state? That database would have contained enough information to legally identify the person--thus exposing Oklahoma to astronomical liability in case anything happens to women in that database.
2. Why make women submit to vaginal ultrasounds before getting an abortion? Numerous women who have had it say it's horribly invasive.
3. Why are you continuing to give succor to crisis pregnancy centers that have been proven to give inaccurate--and in some cases dangerously inaccurate--information to badly-shaken women?
4. Why do you push for laws that require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals, when you leave these aforementioned pregnancy centers almost unregulated?
5. Why is Cheryl Sullenger still drawing a paycheck from Operation Rescue, even though it is beyond dispute she gave Scott Roeder George Tiller's number?
6. On that subject, why was Sullenger even hired in the first place, since she is a convicted clinic bomber?
7. Why are you trying to change the definition of rape to make it more difficult for women who have been traumatized enough to end unwanted pregancies?
8. Why are you trying to make pregnant women who are brain dead--and therefore legally dead--stay on life support in the name of protecting their fetuses?
These questions would put any abortion opponent back on their heels. I know I missed some more good ones, so feel free to add more.