On the last Tuesday Teasers, I encouraged folks to participate in Blog For Choice 2012, the theme of which is “What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?” Commenter Jenn_smithson wrote in response:
The chosen theme this year has irritated me because in response I ask WHAT prochoice candidates?!! I don’t believe there are ANY for national office. You basically have whack-a-do extremist “prolife” candidates on the right and spineless wish-washy candidates on the left, Seriously, our rights are going to continue being slammed unless someone takes a legitimate, strong stand and who isn’t ashamed to do so. I get so sick and tired of allegedly progressive democrats looking at the ground, pulling at their collars, and/or only able to articulate support of those rights in the case their daughter(s) have an “accident” because they don’t want to help raise any spring break bastard babies.
I think Jenn has just given me the kernel of my own response to this year’s question, which will be putting forward what a true pro-choice candidate would look like.
So help me Harpies: If you could construct an ideal pro-choice politician, what would the talking points be? What rights would they support and how would they articulate their support for those rights? What sort of vision of women, girls, families, and reproductive justice would they put forth? Brainstorm away, and I’ll do my best to distill the conversation into a final post for January 22nd.