Friday, June 29, 2007

Jessica Arons on "Putting an End to the Albatross Myth"

For a thoughtful response to Melinda Henneberger's NYT op-ed declaring that it is bad for Democrats to be pro-choice, see this post on the RH Reality Check blog:

In her June 22nd New York Times op-ed, "Why Pro-Choice Is a Bad Choice for Democrats," Melinda Henneberger sends a mixed message to pro-choice politicians. She criticizes them for failing to address the complexity of the abortion issue, but she tells them instead of giving up on voters who consider themselves pro-life, they should give up on defending abortion rights. I don't think they have to give up on either.

...Rather than becoming silent on abortion, pro-choice leaders must struggle in this sound-bite-driven world to speak more clearly about the reasons in favor of legal abortion. And it would be nice if the media tried to do the same.

You can read longer a piece by Arons and Shira Saperstein on The Politico: Leaders must speak clearly on abortion.  See also their article, Following the Leader: Why Progressives Must Not Abandon Their Commitment to Reproductive Rights (Jan. 2005).

See also: NY Times: Young Americans Are Leaning Left, New Poll Finds

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