October 24, 2004
The right wing’s Cross to bear
By Camille Faherty
I am a mother of two children, and when I was pregnant I firmly believed that I had the serious responsibility to take the best possible care my own body because I was sharing my body with another life. So why does the Bush loyalists’ push for his re-election and the promise of a reversal of Roe v. Wade not sway me to vote for Bush, Tim Michels and the rest who campaign around a “pro-life” agenda?
Perhaps it is because I really do not believe the right-wingers have any real intention of banning abortion. Abortion is the issue that gets their people to the polls. If this issue were taken off the table, where would their candidates be?
It is no surprise that they refuse to allow a clause that permits abortion in the case of rape, incest and or the health of the mother. A bill like that might actually pass. Then their voting constituency might feel that their job was done; they might feel complacent and stop showing up for future elections.
Put another way, why was Pro-Life Wisconsin a contributor to Linda Cross’s campaign back when she ran for state Superintendent of Public Instruction? The chief of the public education system has no impact on abortion laws, but can push the rightwing agenda in public schools. The superintendent can advocate for the expansion of the voucher system, put political pressure on the teachers unions, grant greater administrative powers to schools boards and local superintendents, and choke the life out of public schools by working to keep the revenue caps in place.
I would like to see them get people to the polls with that agenda.
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