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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Pro-Choice Republicans Are Tired of Fighting

Here's my latest piece on AlterNet:

No Room in the Big Tent

Anti-abortion Republicans have a lot to celebrate. The confirmation of Samuel Alito and John Roberts, two anti-abortion Supreme Court justices, and the passage of the South Dakota law banning all abortion, have been seen as clear Republican victories. But for pro-choice Republicans, appalled and disgusted by the South Dakota law, the party ended a long time ago. While some say it's important to speak out and fight for change, others say they're tired of fighting a losing battle.

"I was a Republican. I did stand up. I got crucified for it and finally said, 'To hell with it,'" says Elisabeth "Jinx" Ecke, a longtime Planed Parenthood supporter and board member in San Diego, Calif. "I've tried to support Republican candidates in the California Assembly, and they swear on a stack of bibles that they'll vote pro- choice. Then they go to Sacramento and they vote anti-choice. I'm done."

Ecke, 74, cast her first vote for Dwight Eisenhower back in 1953. Four years ago, she reregistered by checking the "Decline to State" box. "I'm supporting mostly Democrats for one simple reason: choice," she says. "People say you can't be a one issue voter and I say, 'Yes I can.'"

6 Comments:

At 3/28/2006 10:12 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Pro-choice women are not only tired of fighting, but they are also loosing...

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20030701-115636-9509r.htm

 
At 3/28/2006 11:07 AM, Blogger MJW said...

This seems an appropriate place for the link to this quiz: Are You Liberal or Conservative? It was first presented in 1994, so it is a bit out of date in a few places, but is still very relevant today. It calculates your "score" immediately. By the way, my score is 15. You'll see where that puts me on the liberal-conservative scale when you take the test yourself.

 
At 3/28/2006 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

timmy, do you live in a bubble?

 
At 3/28/2006 1:16 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

I guess it's pretty obvious, isn't it? Linking to that poll and all....

 
At 3/30/2006 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's really obvious, timmy, is that you need to stop hanging out at the computer and go get a life. your comments seem to outnumber any other individual on this message board by a wide margin. i would tell you to get a date or a girlfriend but from your posts i can see that might be a bit unrealistic. well, i suppose you could find a woman that doesn't speak English and needs a green card. you might have a shot with her.

 
At 3/31/2006 1:00 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Wait a minute. Are you saying that Rose isn't really my girlfriend? And posting comments isn't dating?

Ha! And you say I live in a bubble!!

 

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