By Dave Andrusko
There’s lots of comparisons between pro-and anti-life responses around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but one of my favorites is to contrast the hundreds of thousands of joyful pro-lifers who assemble in Washington, DC on January 22 (and the tens of thousands who will rally at their state capitals) and the woebegone annual “Who Decides” Jeremiah that NARAL cranks out every year about this time.
This came to mind for two reasons.
First, each day we are running posts written by pro-lifers—explaining how and why they took up the cause of life—as well as other stories about why people are attending pro-life rallies knowing that the temperatures traditionally are around freezing (or below) in many areas.
Second, I ran across a “Media Advisory” from NARAL headlined, “Press Briefing at NARAL Pro-Choice America HQs on the Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the US Highlights Winning Agenda for 2014.”
Let’s first consider what the 23rd edition of NARAL’s “Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States” is likely to tell us. (We’ll also post on the actual report which presumably will be online the day of the press briefing—next Tuesday.)
You have to appreciate the way the report works. It assigns “individual letter grades on the status of women’s reproductive rights for all 50 states and provides a comprehensive view of choice-related legislation and court decisions in those states.”
To the best of my memory, the nation has never managed even a gentleman’s C. It’s always D or D-.
So, you can expect stalwart pro-lifer states to flunk (badly) while their opposite numbers get an A.
The United States as a whole? D minus, minus?
(We’re also told NARAL will issue a report card on individual members of Congress.)
What makes the media advisory so intriguing is how desperate NARAL is to salvage some good news. As best I can tell the only affirmative development (as opposed to holding off pro-life legislation) took place in California where a whole raft of new non-physicians can perform a certain kind of first-trimester abortion. And, as additional evidence of their “commitment to women’s health,” they also passed a bill to make sure that abortion clinics remain as minimally regulated as humanly possible. So much for learning the lessons of Kermit Gosnell.
The media advisory concludes with the usual boilerplate and warmed over canards:
“The anti-choice War on Women did not slow down in 2013 and we are certain that radical right-wing politicians will only ramp up their attacks on women in 2014 as the midterm elections approach,” explained Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
This is followed by a promise that “NARAL Pro-Choice America is as committed as ever to stopping the opponents of a woman’s right to choose everywhere they pick a fight” [!] and a vow that “we’re not just playing defense anymore: we’ll work just as hard to expand our freedoms so that every woman has not just the right, but the opportunity to make whatever choice is right for her.”
Okay. We’ll see you in the legislatures, at the ballot box, and in communities all over the country. Here’s hoping that next year’s grade is an F.