Magazine article Conscience

Choking the Antichoice Minority

Magazine article Conscience

Choking the Antichoice Minority

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ABOUT 1980 THE REPUBLICAN PARTY was hijacked by a band of dedicated and vocal antichoice fanatics. Not so long ago those same fanatics hijacked the high road on the abortion issue itself. They creatively constructed a public relations strategy designed to put us on the defensive using an issue created out of whole cloth--the so-called partial birth abortion. But instead of calling it what it was; the use of taxpayer money to conduct a public relations campaign, the prochoice movement moved courageously to protect women's lives and the doctor-patient privilege, but lost the PR battle.

So how do we get the high road back? Let me offer a couple of strategic ideas.

First, we must get the pollsters, all of them, to go back to asking the question, "Who should decide--the woman or government--as to her reproductive health?" Pollsters dropped that question in favor of the self-labeling question over 10 years ago. Many people are now confused as to what prochoice means, especially in the GOP. I can't tell you bow many amusing conversations I have had with elected and appointed Republican officials who say "I don't agree with you on abortion," but when you ask more, they say, "Oh, but I believe the woman should decide if she wants one or not." We need to remove the confusion.

Second, we need to call the GOP's bluff on abortion. It keeps passing laws that chip away at the edges of Roe. The GOP is in the majority in both the House and the Senate and it has an antichoice president, so why hasn't it moved on the one piece of legislation that the Republican Platform holds up as the "solution," the so-called Human Life Amendment? …

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