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May 05, 2006

Kate Michelman on the Choice Movement

by Nicholas Beaudrot of Electoral Math

Kate Michelman, the former head of NARAL has a new book, which she spent Wednesday night promoting in Seattle. Since I'm not officially a journalist, I'm never clear if such events are "on the record", plus the Q&A sessions can lead to all kinds of impromptu statements that can be taken out of context. But here's her op-ed in the local paper; here's a recent interview; here's a write-up from the dean of Northwest local political blogging.

Michelman thinks the choice movement needs to sound the alarm on the true goals of the every-sperm-is-sacred crowd, which is to punish and demean women for unintended pregnancies, and force them into unsafe back-alley abortions. The evidence in her favor stems from the 1992 election cycle, when the spectre of overturning Roe helped create a pro-choice majority. But there's a key difference between the state of politics today and in 1992: the public percieved the right to choose as threatened. Remember, in 1980, Reagan ran on an explicit pledge to appoint anti-choice judges; today Bush mumbles stuff about a "culture of life" and only speaks openly about banning D&X procedures. And, for their part, Roe opponents have turned to a strategy of gutting Roe from the inside-out, rather than seeking outright bans. Raising the alarm about America turning into El Salvador without sounding shrill is going to be tough. In the meantime, waiting for a direct ruling on Roe to galvanize the public doesn't seem like a great idea.

Curiously, Michelman has also abandoned attempts to seek compromise by "uniting around a common goal of making abortion less necessary, through aggressive attention to family planning, access to birth control, sex education, improvement to health-care access, child-care policies," and instead wants to put a straight-up pro-choice majority in Congress through a campaign that, as they say, 'heightens the differences'. That's something she thinks can't be done with the modern Republican party. But it would also put Democratic Senate candidates in places like South Dakota at serious risk. Now, I'm all for having more pro-choice Senators, but if Democrats are going to win a few rural & exurban districts, it may require seeking "common ground" on issues of family life.

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"the true goals of the every-sperm-is-sacred crowd, which is to punish and demean women for unintended pregnancies"

Actually, I think you missed the mark a little there. Given their opposition to the HPV vaccine, I think that they actually want to punish and demean women for having sex (other than with a stiff upper lip for the purposes of procreation only).

Posted by: J Bean | May 5, 2006 4:21:22 PM

I think people are aware choice is in trouble, since abortion is being banned in many states in a "who gets to overturn Roe" gang bang.

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