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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 !

Haley Barbour: ditch the social issues?

Posted in Abortion, Politics with tags , , , , , , , on September 9, 2010 by saynsumthn

If Republicans think that pro-lifers are going to tolerate them ditching the unborn children in their time of crisis- they are WRONG !

Wise Up Barbour- don’t make such dumb statements :

From US News and World Reports: Haley Barbour Sounds Open To 2012 Presidential Race
By Paul Bedard September 8, 2010

[Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R)] also endorsed a controversial issues truce proposed by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, another 2012 presidential possibility, who has suggested that GOP candidates dwell mostly on fiscal issues in the election and not get bogged down on social issues like abortion and gay marriage.

“The voters have on their minds the economy, jobs, spending, deficit, debt, and taxes,” he said. “Good campaigns are what’s on people’s minds,” said Barbour.

“I’ll put my bona fides up against anybody as a social conservative,” he added. “But that ain’t gonna change anybody’s vote this year because people are concerned about jobs and the economy and growth and spending and taxes. Y’all get where I’m going? But that’s what’s on people’s minds. If you run down rabbit trails, you’re using up valuable time and resources that could be used to talk about what they care about,” said Barbour.

“Do I think there’s any kind of truce or social agreement? I don’t know, but it seems to me that a whole lot more was made of that [Daniels] statement that it deserved. I thought there was less there than meets the eye,” he added.

Social conservatives, however, say they’ve pressed Daniels on the issue and he hasn’t backed off his wishes to have the economy and jobs dominate the coming elections, not social issues, though he isn’t suggesting that he will duck those.

Still, a key conservative activist who works with several anti-abortion groups said, “The Reagan coalition sits on a three legged stool, national security, free market economics, and social conservatives. The coalition only functions when all three are working together. Try to exclude or downplay one leg and the excluded folks get pretty steamed, make a lotta noise.”

That statement was made at a breakfast with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

The Heartbreaking Truce- Huckabee, Mitch Daniels – “Truce” on social issues !

Posted in Abortion, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2010 by saynsumthn

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The Heartbreaking Truce
by Mike Huckabee
I received an astonishing email today from a concerned friend who has been very influential in the fight to end the scourge of abortion.

Apparently, a 2012 Republican presidential prospect in an interview with a reporter has made the suggestion that the next President should call for a “truce” on social issues like abortion and traditional marriage to focus on fiscal problems.

In other words, stop fighting to end abortion and don’t make protecting traditional marriage a priority.

Let me be clear though, the issue of life and traditional marriage are not bargaining chips nor are they political issues. They are moral issues. I didn’t get involved in politics just to lower taxes and cut spending though I believe in both and have done it as a Governor. But I want to stay true to the basic premises of our civilization.

For those of us who have labored long and hard in the fight to educate the Democrats, voters, the media and even some Republicans on the importance of strong families, traditional marriage and life to our society, this is absolutely heartbreaking. And that one of our Republican “leaders” would suggest this truce, even more so. Governor Daniels is a personal friend and a terrific Governor, and I’m very disappointed that he would think that pro-life and pro-family activists would just lie down.

Are you ready to stop fighting for traditional marriage? I cannot. I will not.

Can you let the tragedy of abortion go unchecked while we get our financial house in order? I cannot. I will not.

A strong leader doesn’t need to focus myopically on one or two issues – but a strong leader is willing to fight for and defend their principles while rising to meet new challenges and solve all of the existing systemic problems confronting us.

For me these issues are critical. Indeed they are founding principles of my personal conservatism and part of the ideological foundation of the Republican Party.

Mike Huckabee