Monday, March 13, 2006

27% + 19% + 32% = a whole lot

Jane Hamsher at firedoglake gets on the collective Democratic case about their silence in the face of the draconian South Dakota abortion ban:
You really have to wake up early in the morning to be that stupid. Nobody's saying you should run ads in Alabama, but Christ on the cross why aren't they using it to consolidate their blue state base? Lincoln Chafee should be wearing his Alito vote around his fucking neck, as should Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, and Emanuel should be making the South Dakota law de rigeur attire for Congressional Republicans in solidly pro-choice districts. The rapist rights bill should become emblematic for everything the GOP stands for, especially in progressive states where the Republicans are quite rightly afraid of being associated with the forced birth extremists.
Check out the numbers. More than two-thirds of Americans believe that abortion should be legal in at least some cases. What are these cases? I'd say it's a safe bet that the few cases those 27% who think abortion should be "illegal in most cases" would be ones where rape or incest is involved - and the South Dakota abortion ban doesn't allow abortion in those instances. As a matter of fact, that exception had to be taken out of the legislation before it could be passed. These people would compel your daughter to carry to term a pregnancy that was the result of rape. That's not a stance that will win voters. It's time to move in for the kill, Dems.
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