Today, women in the United States are fighting for their lives. You must fight too! A woman’s right to have safe and legal abortion is about to be traded away. . . . Every woman in Congress should MAKE HISTORY AND WALK OUT ! . . . If you sit back and allow the passage of the health care bill with “Stupak,” women in America will not vote for another Democrat, myself included. Because there will essentially be no difference between the Democrats and the Republicans.
Where do I even begin? First of all, she knows damn well that “woman in Congress” is not synonymous with “pro-abortion.” We have many pro-life female legislators, and nationally, a 49% plurality of women oppose abortion. Secondly, the health care reform bill has absolutely nothing to do with “a woman’s right to have a safe and legal abortion” (which, incidentally, has nothing to do with the maternal death rate.) The issue is much narrower: whether people should be allowed to purchase abortion coverage using government subsidies. And no difference between Democrats and Republicans other than abortion? I understand that she’s trying to use hyperbole to make a point, but it’s so over-the-top and factually incorrect that I don’t see how any legislator can take NY NOW seriously.
Then, I got an email from the Susan B. Anthony List, which supports pro-life women in Congress. Don’t get me wrong, I generally like the SBA List. I’ve even guest blogged for them. But this statement baffled me (emphasis added):
Without prayer, I am 100 percent sure we will lose. With it, the consciences of wavering members can be lifted up and emboldened. While we are not a religious organization, we cannot succeed without prayer as the wind in our sails.