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Last Clinic Standing
Posted on Jul 13, 2006
And a look at the cast of characters involved with OSA/OR over the years turns up a ?who?s who? of the Bush regime?s most influential and demanding theocratic supporters. Among them:
At the core of OSA/OR?s efforts is an attempt to tighten the patriarchal chains of tradition. Consider: There is not a single anti-abortion organization in the country that supports birth control. Beverly LaHaye, the founder of Concerned Women for America, a group whose members Bush has sent as delegates* to United Nations commissions on women and children, put it this way: ?The woman who is truly Spirit-filled will want to be totally submissive to her husband…. This is a truly liberated woman. Submission is God?s design for women.?
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It is against this backdrop that the ?opposition? of the Democrat Party must be judged.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called defending abortion a ?game? the Democrats ?can?t afford to play? any longer. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) has called abortion a ?tragic choice,? ceding the moral high ground to religious fanatics when, in fact, abortion should require no shame or apologies. As a key part of regaining seats in the Senate, the Democrats are running the vehemently anti-choice Bob Casey Jr. in Pennsylvania. And revealingly, the Democrats recently unveiled a new ?95/10 Initiative,? which aims at reducing the number of abortions by 95% over the next 10 years?but which doesn?t even mention birth control.
What all this proves is not that there?s no popular support for abortion rights, but that the overwhelming popular support that does exist will be rendered worse than meaningless if it continues to rely solely on the Democratic Party.
The simple truth is that a woman who cannot control her own reproduction has no more freedom than a slave. And if half of humanity is not free, then no one can truly be free.
The clock is ticking toward the resolution to the battle over abortion. Operation Save America?s website boasts that what the group accomplishes in the streets of Jackson will soon become law throughout the land.
On the other side, the World Can?t Wait Bus Tour [http://www.worldcantwait.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2529&Itemid=223]and the Jackson chapter of the National Organization for Women [http://www.now.org/issues/abortion/events/jackson06/] are planning counter-protests all week long. There is little that could be more important this week than joining them in the streets of Jackson to help build a movement to counter the theocratic zealots in the only way it can be done: through the independent political action of millions to drive the Bush regime from power.
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