Posted by: Ophelia | June 8, 2008

McCain and Abortion

I realize there is the possibility of swing voters swinging over to McCain. What I fear, however, are Clinton supporters, still smarting over the media treatment of their candidate choosing to prove how angry they are by voting for McCain. To do so is to fight sexism and misogyny by reinforcing it. McCain is not a neutral choice as far as women’s rights and I really cannot stress that enough.

Human Dignity and the Sanctity of Life

Overturning Roe v. Wade

John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench.

The pro-life movement has done tremendous work in building and reinforcing the infrastructure of civil society by strengthening faith-based, community, and neighborhood organizations that provide critical services to pregnant mothers in need. This work must continue and government must find new ways to empower and strengthen these armies of compassion. These important groups can help build the consensus necessary to end abortion at the state level. As John McCain has publicly noted, “At its core, abortion is a human tragedy. To effect meaningful change, we must engage the debate at a human level.

There is no real note of how quickly women and children are abandoned after the child is born.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, says her group has always considered McCain pro-life as well. And it’s not just abortion, she says.

“He voted against family planning, he voted against the freedom of access to clinic entrances — that was about violence against women in clinics,” Keenan says, adding, “He voted against funding for teen pregnancy-prevention programs, and making sure that abstinence only was medically accurate. This is very, very extreme.”

“The rights of the unborn are as important as the rights of the born.”–McCain

Further, if abortion is outlawed, McCain believes that the doctors who perform them should be prosecuted, not the women who get them. He also wants exceptions for rape and incest. Of course, we all know just how well systems wherein doctors are forbidden to give abortions with the exception of a few cases work. How can you say that the rights of the unborn are as important as the rights of the born when the rights of the born fall to the wayside in such a system? The health and well being of the women cannot be respected when doctors fear losing their licenses and being incarcerated for giving an abortion to the wrong woman at the wrong time. These measures may save the lives at the unborn at the expense of their born mothers–and I highly doubt McCain cares. If he did, he would know that this doesn’t work to alleviate illegal abortion–but it does end safe abortion. It’s not simply about right to choose, its about right to life for the women who cannot afford to be mothers–emotionally, economically, physically, mentally and a government telling them that they must. He will stand in judgment of whether or not you should be a parent. Likewise, if a child is the product of rape or incest, their life is now disposable according to the morality of the would be McCain government. There are so many questions and so few answers forthcoming. Apparently if we end abortion, unwanted children will cease either through abstinence or women simply getting used to the idea of being parents in exchange for sexual freedom. Enforced reproduction and woe betide the woman who takes her fertility into her own hands, for now she takes her life too.

This is scary and not something to take lightly–consider this carefully in your rebellion. May I suggest a vote for Cynthia McKinney instead?

Tim Wise beat me to it.

You could always have said you were going to go out and vote for Cynthia McKinney. After all, she is a woman, running with the Green Party, and she’s progressive, and she’s a feminist. But that isn’t your threat is it? No. You’re not threatening to vote for the woman, or even the feminist woman. Rather, you are threatening to vote for the white man, and to reject not only the black man who you feel stole Clinton’s birthright, but even the black woman in the race. And I wonder why? Could it be…?”



  1. The Tim Wise piece is amazing. I need to find more of his writing.

    I am so glad I found out about Cynthia McKinney. I hope she gets the official nomination (it’s probable, of course, but I’d hate to get too optimistic and end up disappointet); I look forward to volunteering for her campaign.

  2. Essay Archive has more of his work. I really love the accessibility of his words–I actually came across him thanks to the internet. In any internet argument about race, someone is bound to quote him since racist rhetoric is pretty predictable and he has a counter for all of it.

    I hope more people found out about Cynthia McKinney. Maybe the system wouldn’t be two party if people would stop ignoring third party candidates :/.

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