9.04.2008

ezra klein: daughters of governors and daughters of store clerks

I was resolute in my determination not to post about Sarah Palin, Republican hypocrisy, phony feminists and whatever else is going on you-know-where. And I still am. With this exception! Ezra Klein:
Folks are up in arms over the McCain/Palin campaign's decision to emphasize the fact that "Bristol Palin made the decision on her own to keep the baby." Given that a prime plank of McCain/Palin platform is the elimination of a woman's freedom to make that decision, that looks a bit hypocritical. Only, in an operational sense, it's not. Because what pro-lifers are really talking about doing isn't outlawing abortion for the daughters of governors but for the daughters of store clerks. No matter how restrictive the legal environment, Bristol Palin will always be able to access an abortion. The daughter of a cashier won't. Whenever you hear talk of legislating values, whether it's prohibition or pregnancy, you can almost always append "for the poor" to the backside of the sentence. That's how a lot of these Republican politicians and elites who prosper in the current environment make their peace with the social conservative coalition: They know they'll never really lose what they have. Bristol Palin will always have a choice, and so will Meghan McCain.

This is it. All of it. And right now, today, with Roe still standing, low-income women all over the US do not have a choice. Their rights exist on paper only. Rights without access is meaningless.

See original for links and comments, and thanks to James for sending.

Warning: if this post somehow opens up a discussion about McCain, Palin, their campaign or the RNC, it's coming down. Don't do it, folks!

12 comments:

deang said...

Also, in both rich and poor communities in the US, there's often social pressure not to have an abortion, and that social pressure influences what's seen as possible by women even in the few areas where services are available and finances are adequate.

redsock said...

Warning: if this post somehow opens up a discussion about McCain, Palin, their campaign or the RNC, it's coming down.

"Coming down"? It's not going up!

Both Sides Of The Aisle Note: I suspect that any posts about Obama, Biden, their campaign or the DNC will meet the same fate.

L-girl said...

Also, in both rich and poor communities in the US, there's often social pressure not to have an abortion, and that social pressure influences what's seen as possible by women even in the few areas where services are available and finances are adequate.

Excellent point, and one I usually fail to note.

When I volunteered and taught teenagers, when girls got pregnant, they had babies. They never considered not having them.

A few - very few - did have abortions, but it was a shameful secret that they didn't want their peers or families to know.

Having sex and getting pregnant was no shame. Trying to raise a baby at 17 y/o was no shame. But terminating the pregnancy was a horror.

L-girl said...

I suspect that any posts about Obama, Biden, their campaign or the DNC will meet the same fate.

Indeed.

nick said...

I like Ezra Klein. I don't always agree with everything he concludes, but he's definitely in the "reality-based" camp. He tends to sum things up in a way that makes sense and highlight an aspect that's important to notice. A part of my well-balanced political meal.

john said...

I just want to say that, in my pre-caffeine stupor, I thought for a moment that you were quoting Ezra Levant. When I read the excerpt, I thought my head was going to explode from surprise. Then I looked at the author's name again. Whew!

L-girl said...

I just want to say that, in my pre-caffeine stupor, I thought for a moment that you were quoting Ezra Levant.

Little chance of that!

Although I did once defend his freedom of expression on this blog. But quoting him on reproductive rights and class issues...?! More coffee, please! :)

nick said...

Though it probably doesn't matter, I feel like my qualification of my praise of Ezra Klein was unnecessary and overly vague, possibly giving the wrong impression. I used "always" and "everything" to rip it of meaning. Basically, I like what he has to say.

Thank you and have a good day.

john said...

But quoting him on reproductive rights and class issues...?! More coffee, please! :)

Well, that's why I thought I was going slightly mad. Reading Ezra Klein's opinion and thinking it had been penned by Ezra Levant is a strange experience. I wonder if mirror universe Ezra Levant has a goatee like mirror universe Spock?

L-girl said...

Nick, thanks. It always matters, at least a little. :)

How many people are there in the world whose opinions we *always* agree with? I don't even always agree with Katha Pollitt.

Maybe Howard Zinn.

L-girl said...

I wonder if mirror universe Ezra Levant has a goatee like mirror universe Spock?

And has to travel to another planet to spawn.

Or we wish he would!

nick said...

heck. I don't always agree with my own opinions!