Friday, February 15, 2008

McCain and Choice

The Apostate makes a good argument for voting Democratic in the next election. If elected president, McCain will almost certainly do what he can to destroy abortion and reproductive rights (at least for most women; rich women won't have any problems. Feministing gives us the lowdown on McCain's abysmal record on choice:
  • Repeatedly voted for (and cosponsored) the Federal Abortion Ban. After the court upheld the ban, he said, "Today's Supreme Court ruling is a victory for those who cherish the sanctity of life and integrity of the judiciary. The ruling ensures that an unacceptable and unjustifiable practice will not be carried out on our innocent children."
  • Supported the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, a law that grants separate legal status to an embryo or fetus
  • Voted in favor of four anti‐choice U.S. Supreme Court nominees. "I’m proud that we have Justice Alito and Roberts on the United States Supreme Court. I’m very proud to have played a very small role in making that happen." (May 3, 2007 Republican debate)
  • Repeatedly voted to deny low‐income women access to abortion care except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment
  • Voted to permit federally funded Title X family‐planning clinics to decline to counsel women on abortion services
  • Voted against lifting the ban that forbids U.S. servicewomen from obtaining abortion services at overseas military hospitals with their own funds
  • Voted to require Title X family‐planning clinics to notify a teen’s parent before providing abortion services
  • Voted in favor of the Teen Endangerment and Grandmother Incarceration Act
  • Voted against the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE)
  • Voted to terminate the Title X family‐planning program
  • Voted against funding teen‐pregnancy‐prevention programs and ensuring that “abstinence‐only” programs are medically accurate
  • Voted to uphold the Global Gag Rule
  • Voted for the domestic gag rule, which would have prohibited federally funded family‐planning clinics from providing women with access to full information about their reproductive‐health options
  • Voted to de‐fund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an organization that provides family‐planning services – not abortion – for the world’s poorest women
  • Voted to earmark one‐third of all HIV/AIDS prevention funds for abstinence-only programs
  • Voted to take $75 million from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant to establish a new “abstinence‐only” program
  • Voted to impose a federal parental‐consent law on teens seeking birth control. Not abortion. Birth control
  • Voted against legislation that would have required insurance coverage of prescription birth control, improved access to emergency contraception, and provided more women with prenatal health care
  • Voted to allow medical residency training programs in obstetrics and gynecology to receive federal assistance even if they ignore abortion training requirements

Of course, if you're a keep the (poor) women barefoot and pregnant Jesoid or you admire McCain's use of philosophical hair-splitting to appear against torture without having to actually do anything about it, by all means, vote for McCain.

If you vote for McCain because you're a Clinton supporter and Obama wins the nomination (or vice versa) you're selling out (at least four years early) women's most fundamental right to control their own bodies for nothing better than spite.

I may or may not vote for the Democratic nominee. (Much depends on how close California will be, and even if we win this election, we're fucked in 2012. But who knows, given 2-4 years, maybe we can teach the horse how to sing.) Even so, I'd chop off my nuts and become a priest of Cybelle before I voted for a misogynist Republican scumbag such as McCain.


  1. I would like everyone who reads this post to know that I did not secretly pay BB to simultaneously link to my post and act as I accused many people of acting in said post.

  2. What can I say, McCain makes a lousy hair-splitting argument that only a philosopher could love.

  3. Forgive me for posting my previous comment to the wrong post. Clearly, my comment was intended for the post on Senator McCain.

  4. Dawn Ward refers to this comment. My response will follow in that thread.

  5. I have a question for Conservatives who claim that there is something honorable about not voting for McCain, refuse to help out and vow to sit home on election day..

    What is honorable about sitting on your butt at home, refusing to vote – allowing all branches of government to be swarmed by RABIDLY liberal opponents who have vowed to undo everything conservatives have fought to achieve over the past decade?

    I hear endless whining and griping from Conservatives – while the extreme liberals, who are bent on reversing every conservative principal – out number us at the polls nearly two to one. Great work conservatives!

    What is so conservative about beating down the only candidate who supports our troops, instead of the extreme liberals who insult them on a daily basis?

    By punishing John McCain for not being conservative enough – you are really punishing all conservatives by making absolutely sure they will be governed by radical, rabid liberalism for the next 4 to 8 years.

    By stomping your feet and refusing to help, you in turn assure them the laws of the land will have few conservatives in a position of power to stop a runaway liberal train.

    If you must be dragged to the polls, then don’t bother complaining when our courts are swarmed by the liberals who will put judges in power. Liberals are outpacing us at the polls at a rate of two rabid liberals for every conservative who can hardly be bothered to show up. Why must conservatives always shoot themselves in the foot?

    Please think twice before punishing the rest of us conservatives, who may not love McCain, but are smart enough to realize the living nightmare that will ensue, if things continue on the path they are going.

    Please open your eyes and look at what will happen, should you decide to go on punishing all of us – by refusing to work with us to stop extreme liberalism from enveloping our entire government.

    Danny Vice

  6. I had an abortion many years ago. Though I regretted it mildly, I was certainly not traumatized lifelong by the event as Dawn was. I went on to have other children...One wonders what her upbringing was, and what other people said to her about abortion that might make this event so traumatic? Sometimes interpetation makes all the difference.

    In any case, I find the religious right's relentless campaigning against abortion laughable. After all, God is probably the biggest abortionist of all. Most women will have many more miscarriages from natural causes than abortions. I think the rate is somewhere between 20-50%, depending on age - I've had at least 3 that I know of for certain. And about 1 out of 115 babies are stillborn in the US. In fact, given that the majority of abortions are performed at <8 weeks' gestation, a good percentage of those would probably have miscarried naturally anyway.


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