I am Angry at You, Pro-Choice Americans.

23 Mar

I”m ticked off. I’m ticked off at pro-choice Americans.

Now before I go any further, I want to say that people who are actively involved in pro-choice activism year round, 24/7/365, need not read on. This is not about you.

To those of you who sit around and go “Roe v Wade is law, why should I speak out?” or “The Hyde amendment doesn’t bother me” –  yeah, you keep reading.

My big question is- DO YOU CARE? Do you care about women? Do you care about children? Do you care about your sisters, your mother, your aunts, your daughters, yourself?

If you care, why don’t you speak up until the damage has already been done?!

Health care reform passage is an epic, historic event, even if it happens as the bus rolls over us women. But it seems there were some women on the bus, who are just now realizing that they’re being thrown under it. What took you so long? Where were you when Stupak brought out his amendment months ago? I remember the fury that appeared right after that passed. Where did it go between then and now? All those wonderful, beautiful, pro-choice ladies (and some gentlemen, too!) disappeared into the woodwork. And now you want to come back and suddenly complain that the anti-choice men are kicking you off the bus?

It’s enraging.

There’s only one benefit to this. If we can keep this fury around this time, we can do good with it. We can convince Obama that the anti-choice Executive Amendment should not have happened, because it pleased 6 Congressmen at the expense of millions of women. We can fight out against anti-choice laws which are being brought up in numerous states across the US (don’t forget, miscarriage is illegal in Utah). We can remind the world that America is a pro-choice country with a pro-choice majority.

So please- I’m begging you- don’t crawl back into the woodwork. Don’t give up in a few days and go home. Don’t. Stop. Caring.

Because while today they only took away your sister’s right to freedom, tomorrow they’ll be coming for yours.
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7 Responses to “I am Angry at You, Pro-Choice Americans.”

  1. Shayna March 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    This is a great reminder that the fight for reproductive justice is an all year event, not just in the hours before a vote, or on National Women’s Day – I’m in the “need not read on” category, but I couldn’t resist — It reminds me of Martin Niemöller’s poem:

    “THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
    and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

    THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

    THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    THEN THEY CAME for the Catholics,
    and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.

    THEN THEY CAME for me
    and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

  2. stegan March 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    Great points!

    I know it’s the optimist in me, but maybe it’d be better to turn this around and look at it the other way. I’d been sick of the monolithic choice organizations for a couple of years (since the energy of the March For Women’s Lives sort of fizzled and PP went on its $6m affiliate consolidation mission) and wasn’t putting any energy in volunteering prior to that fateful Stupak weekend. Since then, I’ve been pissed off, fired up, and motivated. And I’m almost certain I’m not alone. Stupak was the kick in the pants a lot of people needed.

    Like you said- the mission now needs to be keeping the fires within burning. We can do it!

  3. violetlorien March 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    I was listening just now to a podcast where Mary Ann Sorrentino was bemoaning how young women today take abortion for granted and don’t know what it was like to have to fight for it. We don’t? Since when?

    Until recently I was one of those disconnected women who was pro-choice but didn’t do much about it. Confronted with the full force of the antiabortion/antichoice movement thanks to Angie Jackson and #livetweetingabortion, immediately followed by weeks of trying to show the opposition that there really, really, REALLY wasn’t abortion funding in the health reform bill — I’m here and fighting on a daily basis.

    While many of us were born and came of age after Roe vs Wade, the idea that abortion has to be constantly defended is something I’ve known my whole life. Clinic bombings and the murder of doctors are always in the news somewhere, and now there seems to be a national push for states to attempt to restrict abortion every way they can.

    We have to keep fighting.

  4. Rose March 23, 2010 at 11:05 pm #

    Yes!! If there’s one thing this healthcare debacle has convinced me of, it’s that I’ll never donate to the Democratic party again as long as it includes people like Stupak and Nelson. I am not one of them, and I’ll be THROWING all of my poor-college-student dollars at real, progressive, pro-choice candidates instead.

  5. Sarah March 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    Thank you for this post! Health care reform seems to just be the latest in a string of anti-choice legislation – and while the optimist in me is trying to look on the bright side (more people will have health care now, hopefully that includes more preventative care, etc), it’s infuriating that women’s rights were used as a negotiating point. Hopefully this will cause a lot more people who take abortion rights for granted to become active!

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