Barack Obama is getting on my nerves. First he gave that asinine interview in The Advocate where he pretty much told the gay community that explicitly fighting for equal rights via marriage was a bad political move that could upset the bigots on this side of the sexual identity fence. Now he’s went and decided that those of us who have the weird idea that women are entitled to make their own reproductive decisions have made a “mistake”.
“It may be that those who have opposed abortion get a sense that I’m listening to them and respect their position even though where we finally come down may be different,” he told reporters at a news conference.
“The mistake that pro-choice forces have sometimes made in the past, and this is a generalization so it has not always been the case, has been to not acknowledge the wrenching moral issues involved in it,” he said.
“Most Americans recognize that what we want to do is avoid, or help people avoid, having to make this difficult choice. That nobody is pro-abortion, abortion is never a good thing.”
This is total bullshit. We do acknowledge that individual women have their own opinions on abortion and that there are women who consider abortion to be a serious moral issue. We have never made the mistake of not acknowledging that.
What we do not acknowledge much to the dismay of the anti-choice gangs is that their gangs have the right to practice their opinion on the bodies of women. In a fact a lot of us have had the audacity to publicly repudiate this made up right .
The dispute over abortion is not about “wrenching moral issues” and it never has been. It is about the very humanity of women. “Respecting” the view that women should be treated, both legally and socially, in the same manner as our pets is a slap in the face to every woman on the planet.
As for his remark that “abortion is never a good thing” – what planet/reality does he live on/in? This is yet another slap in the face to the women of the world. It might blow his mind, but women do have abortions because they consider them a “good thing”.
His statement completely repudiates their opinion that they made a good decision and buys into the anti-choice/faux-choice framing that only irresponsible sluts who want to avoid the consequence of sex get abortions and call them “good”.
Kate Harding said Obama is not a progressive and this is true, but I swear it seems that every time the man open his mouth in an unscripted situation he comes off not as a liberal with conservative leanings, but a conservative with liberal undertones who merely comes off as a liberal because the GOP has been hi-jacked by the worst of the worst.
And for those of you about to screech about this post – Barack Obama is running on the Democratic ticket. The last time I checked the Democratic Party was a liberal party thus making it completely acceptable to hold any politician running for office under it’s banner to liberal standards which includes the “wacky” idea that we women are entitled to make own reproductive decisions without interference from the state or the public.