Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Keep Abortion Legal
I'm with Atrios. I wish Democrats, and especially Democratic women, didn't have such an aversion to the word
"abortion." They're always talking about some abstract "right to choose."
Right to choose what? Coke of Pepsi?
It's abortion that Republicans and social conservatives have been using as a political football for 40 years, and abortion that every woman needs to claim as an absolute and uncompromisable option she has a right to when circumstances she determines warrant it.
So this Obama ad Atrios quotes is on target: “Let me tell you: If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, the lives and health of women will be put at risk. That's why this election is so important,” says the nurse-practitioner who narrates Obama’s ad. “John McCain's out of touch with women today. McCain wants to take away our right to choose. That's what women need to understand. That's how high the stakes are.”
An announcer then claims that “as president, John McCain will make abortion illegal,” before playing an exchange on "Meet the Press" in which McCain told moderator Tim Russert that he favors “a constitutional amendment to ban all abortions.”
“We can't let John McCain take away our right to choose. We can't let him take us back,” says the ad.