An article in today’s NYTimes about a movement in the Democratic Party to soften their oppostion and rhetoric on abortion, included these comments from Senate minority leader Harry Reid:
Senator Reid said that he welcomed the new “emphasis on recognizing the diversity of the party.” He added, “We have had a lot of pro-life Democrats, but the pro-choice folk haven’t reached out to them and haven’t protected them.”
He acknowledged some complaints from abortion rights groups about the party’s shifting rhetoric. “They have to keep their folks geared up, just like people who work for more highways,” Mr. Reid said. “That is what they do, just like the pro-life groups.”
Yeah, you read it right. Proponents of women’s reproductive rights just haven’t done enough to reach out to our brothers and sisters with opposing views and, hell, it’s just another marginalized issue like working for more highways. Let’s see . . . roads – no roads/pregnancy – no pregnancy Sure, that equates TO SOMEONE INCAPABLE OF BECOMING PREGNANT.
Is there any better illustration of why the Dems are floundering than the election of someone like Senator Reid as minority leader?
Please, groups like Emily’s List, NARAL and Planned Parenthood need your support in fighting the battle to preserve reproductive rights for women. Give generously and help these groups show Senator Reid and others like him, the best possible highway. The one that leads out of office.