Monday, January 22, 2007

It's Your Body

I don't have anything especially insightful to add to the abortion discussion today. Rox gets at the basic issue rather simply.

Despite the attempts by those who are desperate to convince us otherwise, legal abortion and Roe v. Wade have majority support in this country. Reducing unwanted pregnancies has always been at the core of the reproductive health and rights movement. Lots of people are a part of the William Saletan "abortion is icky" camp, and as such can be expected to support legislation which makes it harder for poor women to get abortions, but that fact should not obscure the reality that most people don't want Rick Santorum to have the key to their uterus. As we saw just recently, even in Kansas South Dakota* people don't really want abortion to be illegal. The choice movement could do better, but it has nonetheless won the basic public opinion battle.

*And, in Kansas, voters chucked out their panty sniffing AG.