NARAL and Planned Parenthood are now the enemies of Pro-Choice?
The essence of the fight, not a new one, is this: how productive or counterproductive is it for NARAL and Planned Parenthood to support nominally pro-choice politician who then turn around and don't do everything in their power to ensure the safety of Roe v. Wade?
Joe Lieberman and Lincoln Chaffee, two candidates supported by NARAL and Planned Parenthood, both voted against confirming Justice Alito, but against the extension of the filibuster, thereby ensuring his confirmation. And quite possibly tipping the court against Roe v. Wade.
Jane Hamsher castigates NARAL and Planned Parenthood for invoking the bogeyman of the end of Choice to "[bilk] their membership like an ATM then [to not] show up to fight Alito's confirmation..."
Arguing that they're no longer serving their constituency, Hamsher advocates for dropping them until they do so: "somewhere along the line they became an institutional behemoth who wanted to court the rich and the powerful more than they wanted to actually serve the cause that so many hard working Americans entrust them to do -- guard choice."
It's hard to argue that their continued support for "pro-choice" senators who then turn around and allow an avowedly anti-choice Justice to get confirmed is shooting women and all progressives in the foot.
But we do have to be careful to avoid shooting ourselves in the other foot by starting a war with our supposed allies for shooting us in the foot... Not too careful... just careful. (HuffPost)
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