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Ban then Force! The Abortion Election Strategy for 2016

Posted in NARAL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2014 by saynsumthn

Voters rejected nearly all of NARAL and Planned Parenthood’s political pro-choice candidates in the November 2014 elections and now abortion supporters begin to analyse.

2014 Election Red

Writing for RH Reality Blog, NARAL president, Ilyse Hogue, summarized the election results, “Pro-choice Democrats not only lost control of the Senate and lost ground in the House of Representatives; anti-choice GOP politicians won most of the hotly contested governor races and flipped several state houses.”

She continues, “As we sift through the debris from Tuesday night, we can cue the predictable hand-wringing and existential angst about why people vote against their own “self-interests.” But a deeper dive into the data indicates—at least on questions of reproductive freedom—that the picture is more complicated.”

No! It is quite simple: Abortion kills a baby and America has rejected this!

NARAL Prez Supports

Hogue then proceeds to lay out a program for gaining ground in future elections.

Hogue writes “Laying out this case is about more than soothing our bruises after a bad night. Understanding these dynamics is critical for us as advocates to leverage this often invisible advantage.”

Hogue has published her suggestions, five in total, which I affectionately label the The 5-step-program for abortion losers.

Number one according to the NARAL president: banning the term “social issues.”

NARAL five steps election

“Banning” seems to be an interesting use of verbiage from a group calling themselves “Pro-choice America” but I digress.

naral logo 2008 election

Hogue explains, “Ban the term “social issue” from our vocabulary: I’m not sure if there’s any such thing as a social issue, but I can tell you reproductive freedom and justice do not qualify. Sovereignty over one’s body and one’s life is an issue of fundamental freedoms and human rights. And let’s aggressively state the truth the candidates are hoping to avoid: There’s no such thing as economic security for women who do not have full access to reproductive freedom, and there’s no such this as reproductive freedom without economic security. Anti-choice politicians routinely vote to restrict abortion and contraception while also working to defeat common-sense measures that support parents in this country: equal pay, parental leave, and robust anti-pregnancy discrimination laws.”

At the same time abortion advocates are doing the whole BANNING thing – Hogue suggests they, “force the question in more races and in legislatures.”

What question? I thought we banned “social issues?” I am confused…..

Maybe Hogue can clear this up. From the article, “Force the question in more races and in legislatures: Anti-choice candidates and officials love it when we’re silent. They want nothing more than to fly under the radar on these issues. We need to be there all the time asking them where they stand on abortion access, why they think they know better than women and families about what’s best for us, and why they think it’s American to legislate their own morality on the rest of us. Those are tough questions to answer, which is why they would prefer not to. We need to force them to take tough votes on measures that don’t just protect our right to choose, but expand it.

Well…okay then…I get it.

Ban then force.

And there it is in a nutshell – the entire abortion strategy for 2016 !