This is a big reason why I am baffled by any woman choosing to vote for McCain-Palin. Each item makes me fume, but I’m going to focus on the elephant in the room; choice.
Yes, a woman’s right to choose is one of my biggest issues. It has been since Webster v. Reproductive Services. The proceedings were covered extensively in the Washington Post and I read every word. I remember, in my naive sort of way, thinking that a caring person would be against abortion because it sounded so drastic and how could anyone make a decision like that. And then I talked to my mother about it and came to understand what it was like before Roe v. Wade. How women sometimes got pregnant when they were unable to care for the baby. How it was a tough decision to make, but sometimes it was the one that a woman needed to make.
From that time forward, I have been a staunch supporter of choice. I’ve written letters, signed petitions, donated money, marched for choice. I have read the Supreme Court transcripts of every major abortion court case up to Webster. Hell, I have them in a book just in case I ever need to cite one.
And I get mad as hell when that choice is threatened by anyone who thinks it is their right to dictate if, when and how a woman should bear children. I am mad as hell now. To put it simply, I don’t care what your God or mama or itinerant Uncle Jim thinks about abortion. It is a subject I will not debate. Women should have the right to choose whether or not they will give birth. If that offends you, that is your problem. Period.
The Republicans have officially adopted the No Abortion For Any Reason position. No rape, no incest, no mother’s life clauses. Just No Abortion. And I am gobsmacked that this has not gotten more publicity.