Texas Governor Rick Perry may have had a conversion moment at the recent anti-choice debate sponsored by Personhood USA, but he wasn’t the only candidate playing hard to the zealous anti-abortion crowd. Along with Perry, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Senator Rick Santorum all showed how far to the right they can go to eliminate a woman’s right to choose.
“As President of the United States, I won’t just talk this talk,” said Bachmann. “I won’t relegate pro-lifers to the corner and pat them on the head. I will actually do something about it.”
But while the social conservative candidates are busy pandering to a small faction of the anti-choice brigade, even the more well-known anti-abortion activists are publicly proclaiming that Personhood laws are just going too far. The spokesperson for Minnesota Citizens Concerned For Life argued, “Just like the people of South Dakota, Mississippi and Colorado have found, pro-life citizens can’t compete with well-financed purveyors of pro-abortion deception. Planned Parenthood spent millions of dollars in dishonest messaging and scare tactics to successfully defeat constitutional amendments to ban abortion in those states. Even if it were to pass, such an amendment would be ruled unconstitutional by the courts (after costly litigation drained scarce funds from the pro-life movement).”
So how do these out of the mainstream extremist views resonate with regular voters? Women Are Watching asked female voters what sort of questions they have for the social conservatives who value a fertilized egg above the rights of women.
“Please explain to me how you can be for the ‘personhood’ amendment, which requires very, very, very BIG government intervention in women’s lives and yet still say you’re for small government?” — Darlene
“I’d ask ‘Why do you believe that women are not fully human beings with full human rights to their own bodies and the control thereof?’” — Mari Marilyn
“I would ask: Why would you outlaw birth control and abortion? Doesn’t that seem a little contradictory?” — Joanna
Why does a right to privacy and a desire to decrease government intrusion in daily life suddenly not matter once women’s bodies are involved? It’s a question that all GOP candidates are going to have to figure out how to respond to, regardless of who wins the nomination.
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