Darcy Burner: “Stand up for abortion”
Seattle PI: Abortion is usually viewed as a private, at times agonizing decision for a woman and loved ones. Not, apparently, by congressional candidate Darcy Burner, who had a memorable — some would say, memorably off-putting — moment before a national progressive bloggers meeting last weekend.
The three-time U.S. House hopeful from Washington created a kind of tent revival scene in reverse. “If you are a woman in this room, and statistically this is true for about one third of the women in this room, if you’re a woman in this room who has had an abortion and is willing to come out about it, PLEASE STAND UP,” Burner said in a voice that could open a wall safe.
A moment later, as some women in the Providence, R.I., Netroots Nation audience rose, Burner doubled down with a second message: Give ‘em a cheer.
“Now, if you are willing to stand with every woman who is willing to come out about having had an abortion, please stand up,” she told Netroots Nation. The result was a loud ovation with a few staying seated with quiet misgivings.
“This is how we change the stories in people’s past,” she told the crowd of 3,000 attendees. “We need to make it OK for women to come out about the choices they make.”
Burner was leadoff speaker in the “2012 and the War on Women” panel. She is a director of the Netroots Foundation and a regular at the annual conference. This year she found herself on a panel with Massachusetts Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren and Hawaii Rep. Mazie Hirono.
Abortion is an issue that
brings out ugly extremes kills babies in American life. Some who talk about getting government out of our lives would plant it in our bedrooms. They would move private decisions into the public square.
The Idaho Legislature, last year, passed a bill banning all abortions after 20 weeks, with “the hand of the Almighty” guiding lawmakers in the words of sponsor State Rep. Brent Crane. What of a rape or incest victim? Crane gave them an answer: “His ways are higher than our ways. He has the ability to take difficult, tragic, horrific circumstances and then turn them into wonderful examples.”
The pro-choice movement, however, shows an absolutism of its own: It can’t seem to appreciate that many Americans are conflicted, and seeking recognition of life to go along with respect for choice.
The echo chamber of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington and Planned Parenthood lunches isn’t reaching the folks with lucid, reasonable arguments. “Pro-life” sentiment is growing in polls, despite the obtuse counsel of Rep. Crane and male legislators imposing requirements of Ultrasound tests.
In the 1st District, Republican hopeful John Koster is an anti-abortion absolutist. Burner comes across as an abortion cheerleader. The vast majority of voters are between those two poles.
War on women huh? More like war on babies. Makes me sick to my stomach.