“‘Some Say,’ Some Said”
DC insider gossip rag Der Tiger Beat auf dem Potomac (thanks Charlie with an assist from MPS patron saint Watertiger) has a stupid article up (hard to believe, I know) in the category of Dems Are Terrible At Messaging (hard to believe, I know):
When Texas last week became the first state in nearly 50 years to ban abortions early in pregnancy, President Joe Biden, senior Democrats in Congress and the liberal members of the Supreme Court swiftly condemned the move, with Biden calling the law “an unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights” and Speaker Nancy Pelosi declaring the high court’s refusal to block it “a disrespect of all women.”
In a meeting with abortion rights groups on Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris said, “The right of women to make decisions about their own bodies is not negotiable.”
So far, so good. So what’s the beef?
Yet many of the activists and clinics fighting the Texas law and similar restrictions around the country are taking pains to avoid gender-specific words such as “woman” and “women” — instead warning that “patients,” “Texans” and “people who need abortions” are being harmed…
…The younger and more diverse advocates pushing for more gender-neutral language argue that describing abortion rights solely as a women’s issue marginalizes the trans and non-binary people who want to terminate a pregnancy, and say being more inclusive helps build stronger political coalitions to take on the right.
And we note, as usual, that Tiger Beat is not citing anyone in these claims, and it raises the specter of the Defund The Police message: Right policy, bad message. This story (if true, and Politico does not have a great track record) also makes the case that this is wedge issue between generations of the Left and you can practically see the GOP strategists dancing a jig:
“What is the end goal here? Is the end goal actually winning, or is it just using the right language at that moment and winning is apparently not a priority?” said the advocate, who asked not to be named in discussing internal deliberations.
Tiger Beat does cite Reps. Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who have spoken and posted on social media about the need to protect “birthing people” and “menstruating people.” And I am not kidding. That’s the message that TBotP is claiming the Left is going to use, or some version of it.
May I modestly suggest: People who need an abortion, need an abortion.
I’m OK with ambiguity on this, I think the vast majority of Americans generally accept that women are people. I say that abortion is a human right. I do not think that this ambiguity erases trans people, it includes them.
“Obviously, ipso facto, it’s an attack on women,” said former Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) of Texas’ law and those like it. “We don’t have to say that, because who has babies? Women.”
Yet Boxer conceded that while she views the abortion bans primarily as an affront to women, she’s open to arguments that it also affects others.
“Whether you say A, B, C or D — get rid of the law,” she said. “That’s the most important thing.”
I’m totally with Barbara Boxer on this. Getting rid of the law is the point.
Who this ambiguity excludes is Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity and their hateful ilk who cannot go onto their nightly shows and bellow about political correctness and trans people and rile-up Possum Hollar (who incidentally is in favor of abortions; over 70% of the country is in favor of abortion rights).
I’m not sure what Politico’s game is here, but I feel pretty certain that this is agitprop, only because they hardly have anyone on record.
As regular readers know, I’m a huge defender of trans people, applying Maya Angelou’s axiom “When someone tells you who they are, believe them the first time.” Not everyone agrees with me, but I think all Scissorheads agree that People who need an abortion, need an abortion.