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Friday, August 12, 2005

There are so many places to talk about the politics of abortion, and very few places to talk about the personal experience of abortion. We try to keep politics to a minimum here but with the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court, there's even more activity in the abortion politics category than there usually is.

That said, here's an interesting story on the intersection between abortion politics and blogging. The Beltway Blogroll summarizes the story thusly:

You know blogs have power when advocacy outfits like the National Abortion Right Action League start urging the grassroots to take their appeals to the top bloggers. That's exactly what NARAL did at its Bush v. Choice blog several days ago -- and the tactic is not scoring the group any points with some of those bloggers.

NARAL's complaint: Political blogs are talking about a woman's right to abortion, but they are not addressing the topic the way NARAL wants. The group provided links to Daily Kos, Eschaton, The Left Coaster, MyDD and Swing State Project, and urged NARAL backers to "go to them and make your voice heard. Use their comments sections to make sure that choice is being discussed as something that affects women, not just politics."
As the Beltway Blogger notes, the left-liberal blogs NARAL targeted did not appreciate this. In this comment thread at Daily Kos, I was drawn to these comments about NARAL and fears for the future:

I spent years doing clinic defense, starting around the time of Wichita, when we had to pry crazies like Schiedler and Terry off the gates. I've escorted friends through the throngs of slobbering lunatics. What was NARAL doing? Playing K Street footsie with the likes of Chaffee while the Gingrich Revolution came and went and Roe v. Wade ceased to exist in all but name? Rebranding to sound more patriotic? Lecturing bloggers? Collecting enviable paychecks for dispensing warmed-over rhetoric to the same couple dozen big donors? What have they done to advance the cause of women's reproductive rights? Jack shit is what.
Have you ever heard the phrase, "He's a legend in his own mind?"


We will lose mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters if us pesky women don't finally stand up and scream, it's now that our backs are against the wall, it's now that we can't afford to lose one more fight, it's now that our lives are seriously in harm's way.
I think this comment is valuable in terms of being aware of the degree of panic that some members of our body politic are experiencing.

Update: JivinJ has a good round-up on NARAL pulling its anti-Roberts ad.

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