Blog for Choice, 2009

Today is the 36thblogforchoice Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the only SCOTUS ruling that Sarah Palin, GOP Vice-Presidential candidate, was able to recall in an interview with Katie Couric. And no wonder: Palin is one of a vicious minority virulently opposed to the decision that put American women in charge of their own reproductive business.

As a Canadian in the happy situation of not having my reproductive system ruled by any kind of legislation, I’ve been appalled at how American anti-choice extremists have been able to weasel their way into the previous administration’s policy-making process. They’ve attacked abortion rights at every level with ballot initiatives for sheer imbecility like defining a fertilized egg as a “person” and outright bans on abortion. They’ve toiled relentlessly to make access to contraception more difficult.

Now, finally, the inmates are no longer running the asylum. The grownups are back in charge, and reproductive rights look a little safer today than they were a few months ago. But there’s work to be done before American women can exhale and relax.

Today, Blog for Choice asks:

What is your top pro-choice hope for President Obama and/or the new Congress?:

My top pro-choice hope for President Obama is that he continues to stand by his pro-choice principles by revoking every Bush policy that erodes reproductive freedom, and further protects that freedom from other attacks by passing into law the Freedom of Choice Act.

Women’s reproductive rights have been under relentless attack throughout the previous administration — it’s time for change, and FOCA is that change.

And with that, best wishes for a happy Roe v. Wade day and better days ahead to my American sisters from your fellow pro-choicers in the Great White (lawless) North!

UPDATE: The Blog For Choice page at NARAL’s website has a list of links to blogs participating in this year’s Blog For Choice. Lots of great posts to peruse. If you posted and haven’t already added your post to the list, go here to register.

UPDATE II: Regular commenter Jabbering JA Baker has joined the fray with a must-read post at his place that features a sickening trailer for a new fundie anti-feminist movie, and more light-hearted “pro-life” hi-jinks.  (Terrorism?  Naaahhhh.)

11 Responses to “Blog for Choice, 2009”

  1. 3 Joe Agnost Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Something Bush did that really irked me was his whole ‘abstinence-only’ sex-ed push. He made it a requirement that for individual states to receive money for sex-ed they must promise to teach abstinence-only sex-ed.

    Many (poorer) states took the money and taught abstinence-only… and then noticed that the teen pregnancy rates were going up in their state. As time went on more and more states opted OUT of federal funding so that they could teach birth control.

    This is something Obama should scrap immediately – the abstinence-only requirement.

  2. 4 JJ Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    It looks like a pretty good blogburst. The blog for choice site has links to everyone’s posts, lots of good reading.

    Pretty scary though, too, the kind of inroads anti-choice nutters have made against rep. rights. I can’t even imagine having to deal with such bullshit.

    They are fighting the good fight down there, and now the tables are turning.

    Joe – Abstinence “education” is yet another one of these useless fundie initiatives that does nothing but let the anti-sex gang blow a self-righteousness load. Meanwhile, like you say, red states have the highest teen pregnancy rates because the don’t get any real sex-ed.

    WTF is “abstinence education” anyway? How long does it take to say “keep your pants on”? Oh well, it’ll be going the way of all stupid things very soon.

  3. 6 JJ Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    JAB – Well done! Bravo! Really a well-put-together post. Funny, I had just watched that trailer over at PZ’s place and I was planning on posting something about it after the nausea subsided, but you saved me the trouble (for tonight, anyway).

    Make sure you get yourself on the list at blog for choice and get in on some of that linkie-love!

  4. 7 J. A. Baker Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Umm…thanks. I kinda put that post together pretty quickly, and I thought that the rushed nature would be pretty obvious. It’s not one of my better posts, but if you thought it was good, JJ, then I guess that makes it so. 🙂

    And incidentally, I did go over and put myself on the list for some possible “linkie-love.” 😆

  5. 8 J. A. Baker Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Ooh, I’m a “regular commenter” now, am I? Aren’t I special? 😆

  6. 9 JJ Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    JAB – I thought the clip, together with that news article, was a pretty strong way to make your point. It just clicked, it worked really well. Impact.

    Weirdly enough, sometimes the posts I spend the least time on, almost like an afterthought, turn out to be the best ones.

    “Regular commenter” 😛 Well, just so people would recognize right away who I was talking about. People are more likely to click on links when they know who it is.

  7. 10 900ft jesus Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 7:53 am

    you probably already saw this, but just in case:

    “President Barack Obama has signed an executive order authorizing the use of federal funds for international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the procedure outside of the U.S.

    Obama had promised to reverse the ban during his presidential campaign…”

    Looking good…

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