Vote pro-choice. Or else.

 Blog for Choice DayWhen I read about Blog for Choice Day, I thought “of course Feminist Philosophers must be a part of this!”.  Then I read that to do this I had to answer the question “Why Vote Pro-Choice?”.  And writers’ block set in, as I utterly failed to come up with a new reason.  Then I saw this sculpture of Anita Garibaldi by Emilio Galloni (late 19th C), and found a new reason.  If you don’t, legions of gun-toting women, mothers or not, will hunt you down.  (While sitting side-saddle on a leaping horse, gun in one hand and baby in the other!  Don’t mess with us.)the-equestrian-statue-of-anita-garibaldi.jpgSeriously, though, voting pro-choice is no laughing matter. We have a chance to elect a President who can begin to reverse the horrendous damage that’s been done to reproductive freedom in America. The alternative is one who will continue and heighten that damage. That is an unimaginably bleak thought. So get yourselves registered if you’re not. If you’re an ex-pat like me, go here. And don’t just vote pro-choice; tell others to do it. And, if you can, spend some time or money working for candidates who oppose forced childbearing. This election is a biggie.  (Thanks to Mr Jender for his help on this.)

2 thoughts on “Vote pro-choice. Or else.

  1. I’ve been wondering what different feminists think about a Ron Paul-style, anti-federalist approach. Paul is personally opposed to abortion rights (with a couple exceptions) and has even voted for federal bans on IDX abortions. But supposing we could put all that aside, how does exchanging the all-or-nothing approach at the federal level for sending the issue to the state governments sound? Would more securely protecting abortion rights in some states be worth letting restrictions and outright bans appear in other states?

    The anti-federalist approach caught my attention when it occurred to me that a decisive loss at the Supreme Court level would mean nationwide loss of abortion rights for a very long time. Unfortunately, I haven’t been all that sure how one should figure this risk in when choosing among candidates.

  2. Actually, that’s what would most likely happen if there was a big defeat at the Supreme Court. If Roe is overturned, it’s up to the states. This would mean some states where abortion is legal and some where it isn’t. And the problem is that there are unwanted pregnancies in all states. So, no, it doesn’t seem a good solution to me!

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