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Mon Apr 24, 2017, 08:16 PM

Abortion Rights: Why the GOP Wants Democrats To Stop Talking About It.

Not long ago, a major newspaper had an editorial about how the Democrats should stay away from the topic of abortion. The A- word is too dangerous, we were told by the Concern Trolls of the Mainstream Media. We should stop talking about abortion rights and concentrate on other, safer topics.

Well, I am here to say that Abortion has never been a safer topic for the Democratic Party. Thanks to the Zika Virus, preserving one's own reproductive rights is as timely now as it was in the 1960s, when an outbreak of rubella led many to rethink old prejudices against legal, safe pregnancy termination.

When women (and men) realize that members of the rabid religious right will take away their right to terminate a pregnancy in the case of a Zika infection--with the accompanying increased risk of birth defects like microcephaly---the GOP's platform of No Abortion, Never will suddenly seem like one of the worst ideas ever.

Whenever someone tells you "Cool it with the A--word!" ask yourself why that someone is so concerned. The Democratic Party has been the Pro-Choice for Decades. Why, suddenly, is Pro-Choice something to be concerned about? True friends of the Democratic Party will never tell us to give up the fight. True friends of the GOP, on the other hand, would like to talk about something else during the next couple of election cycles.

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Reply Abortion Rights: Why the GOP Wants Democrats To Stop Talking About It. (Original post)
McCamy Taylor Apr 2017 OP
LisaM Apr 2017 #1
emulatorloo Apr 2017 #2
McCamy Taylor Apr 2017 #4
mopinko Apr 2017 #5
Wounded Bear Apr 2017 #3
Warren DeMontague Apr 2017 #6

Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Mon Apr 24, 2017, 08:25 PM

1. Exactly. We've been gaslighted into staying away from the word.

Years of relentless chipping at abortion rights have either caused people to turn a blind eye, or depend on the courts to overturn any laws that don't conform to Roe v. Wade. Well, guess what? It's paid off. Roe v. Wade is in big trouble. The issue was barely discussed during the Presidential campaign, and never in the context of the larger issue of women's health (and economic) issues.

I'm glad people are suddenly pissed and I'm glad we're having this conversation.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Mon Apr 24, 2017, 08:25 PM

2. The majority of Americans are pro-choice.

That's what is so odd about all of this mess. Don't people understand that?

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Response to emulatorloo (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 24, 2017, 08:33 PM

4. They will as soon as Zika hits Alabama

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Response to emulatorloo (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 24, 2017, 10:51 PM

5. and many a pro-lifer for thee

becomes prochoice for me when a really, really problem pregnancy hits them.
that's why catholics have a high rate of abortions.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Mon Apr 24, 2017, 08:29 PM

3. They don't want to talk about it because they are losing the issue...

recent moves notwithstanding, demographics and actual realistic thinking about it favor pro-choice.

Only throwback thinking to the 1950's and earlier support forced birth solutions.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Original post)

Tue Apr 25, 2017, 12:52 AM

6. The majority of Americans are pro-choice.

The majority of Americans support marriage equality.
The majority of Americans support marijuana legalization.

Etc.

Why we should ever be afraid to defend the right position, especially when the majority of Americans agree with it, is beyond me.

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