Sunday, February 27, 2011

Because Shame Is Not A Brake - Support Planned Parenthood

It is no longer a question of abortion, gender equality, and gay rights -- the theocratic strain of the American right, which is more and more indistinguishable from the American conservative movement, is proving its willingness to curtail access to contraception and basic health care services.

Surely this exaggerates the matter. Surely they won't go that far. When these thoughts creep in, remember how the Bush-Cheney era's embrace of torture translated almost immediately into a movement-wide embrace of it, and thereon to a deplorable mainstreaming of support for it. We have seen more than enough to know that shame, decency, established practice, and legal precedent are not brakes on the aspirations of contemporary movement conservatism. They are moving toward a business-friendly Christianized Sparta. Imagine the Taliban, subtract some of the beards, add some pork, vastly increase the weapons capability, shift the setting, and swap out the mosques for churches and you're picturing their preferred future state.

This is a moment to stand in support of Planned Parenthood and the important work they do upholding freedom and autonomy.

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