HawkHead wrote:I think you are saying this because you are a male. (Of course Francis cold be a woman also) You don't have to carry a baby for 9 months. You don't have to put your life at risk to have a child. You don't have the Government regulating your ability to have children or not to have children if you choose.
A lot of women in NC will now be forced to carry their fetuses to birth because of this law. Some of those births will lead to death.
My point isn't about abortion at all, it's about having any one issue define our political discourse. I'm not saying abortion isn't important, or gun rights aren't important, or gay rights aren't important. I'm saying when someone makes the whole debate about any one issue they are saying other things are not important.
Case in point:
peripat wrote:Availability of abortion, access to birth control, this is the civil rights issue of the day.
Not that I think availablitiy of abortion and birth control is not a major civil rights issue, but calling it "the civil rights issue of the day" ignores all kinds of other civil rights issues that are probably "the civil rights issue of the day" for other people. I'd put education and reigning in the NSA above reproductive rights. For others addressing income disparity and reducing poverty is probably higher up the ladder.
HawkHead wrote:When did the outright hostility occur in our political machinery? When President Obama was elected. He hadn't even proposed legislation or been sworn in.
You're either very young, or have memory issues. Shit went down hill with Clinton and the level of hostility hasn't let up since then.