I've just read the statement the president issued for the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that the right of privacy encompasses the decision of a woman to end a pregnancy. The statement includes many important sentiments. But, to me, it is most striking for what it fails to say: nowhere does the statement mention the word “abortion.”
We all know that abortion is an explosive political issue and that the president is addressing many audiences. But if we really support the right to privacy, and support women, and support the ability of our daughters to have the same rights as our sons, then the silence about abortion must end. The silence does nothing but add to the stigma that already surrounds abortion. It tells women — nearly one in three of whom will have an abortion in their life times — that what they did was unspeakable. It does little but embolden our already aggressive adversaries.
We can, like the president, support access to sexuality education and birth control to help prevent unintended pregnancies; we can and do and must support women who want to continue their pregnancies; and we can and should support parents as they raise their children. But at the same time, if we care about women and we care about families, we need to support our continued access to safe and legal abortions. The days of hush and whisper were the days before Roe. Let's not go there.
That may be the most important thing to note after Marcia's "Dandelion Salad pushes abortion lies" and Rebecca's "dandelion salad pimps abortion lies and islamophobia" went up and were immediately savaged by Dandelion Salad. Too bad for DS. They shouldn't have published the garbage they published.
As a general rule, an article with four 'sources' and all four are conservative and anti-choice is not going to provide honesty. Forget it, it's just not going to be there. But if that article had appeared at some right wing site, everyone would have ignored it.
The problem was it appeared at a supposed left site. Where it could do real damage because people would think, "Well this is a left site and if it's here, the sourcing must be solid and . . ." Which is why the women in this community -- Marcia, Rebecca and C.I. -- pushed back. They were right to do so.
If you doubt that, read C.I.'s snapshot in a second and pay attention to the comment the writer of the article left at Dandelion Salad and grasp that DS allowed that comment to stand, didn't challenge it, didn't question it.
That tells you all you need to know about faux left Dandelion Salad.
Women are always being targeted with attacks, one after the other. Our rights are always being threatened.
We have to push back on this nonsense. If we don't, we lose even more rights.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):