More beating up on the majority of the Democratic party by abusive Democratic pols: “Democrats in Tight Races put Focus on Abortion Rights,” again in The New York Times,with a photo of our U.S. “Senator” Michael Bennet talking to actual XX chromosome people as the poster boy for desperate Dems. Dig this–if we stay home, under-vote, or vote Republican, we’ll ZOMG “lose control of our bodies!!1!!!1!”
In the bruising race for a Senate seat here in Colorado, one ad features a Denver obstetrician in her scrubs, saying women will lose control of their bodies if Ken Buck, the Republican nominee, wins. Another, from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, says privacy is at stake with a Buck victory over Senator Michael Bennet, a Democrat.
The Buck campaign has said the attacks are simply an attempt to change the subject.
“The No. 1 issues are jobs and the economy, and Michael Bennet can’t run on that,” said Owen Loftus, a spokesman for the Buck campaign. “It’s a desperate effort by a desperate campaign.”
Mr. Loftus said Mr. Buck believed that life begins at conception and opposed abortion even in cases of rape and incest, as the ads say, but that his focus as a senator would be the economy.
Y’know, it sure would be nice if politicians actually did something about preserving access to abortion before they came to us to ask for our votes so that abortion rights aren’t further eroded. Bennet’s track record on abortion rights: non-existent! Furthermore, abortion isn’t in danger in the U.S. Senate, nor are so-called “pro-choice” Senators like Bennet doing anything to protect abortion rights. The battle for human rights for women is taking place in state legislatures more than at the federal level anyway, so it’s much more important for pro-choice people to support pro-choice candidates for state offices (state house, senate, and governors).
In any case, Buck’s position is the only intellectually honest and consistent position against reproductive liberty. If a zygote is a person and a fetus is a baby–an opinion I don’t share, by the way–then the circumstances of its conception are irrelevant. I’ve always resented that chicken$h!t cop-out language “except in the case of rape or incest.” Seriously: anti-choicers should have the courage of their convictions and say they favor outlawing abortion in all cases. The “rape and incest” exception betrays the slut-shaming that motivates the anti-abortion crowd.
As I’ve written here before, abortion rights is a convenient accelerant for inflaming the political bases of both of the legacy parties in the U.S. I’m through with setting myself on fire for Democrats who conveniently forget about their pro-choice promises as soon as they take office. They’re all dead to me.