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Sunday, April 09, 2006
Hell hath no fury like pro-choice women scorned
I hope I saw you today at the state capitol. Georgia's pro-choice community showed its strength again at the annual Walk for Women's Lives. Everyone who was there made a difference.
Rumors had been swirling about a large enemy turnout, but our marchers met with only token resistance. It was a pathetic showing for the anti-choicers, who managed to dredge only a handful of counterprotestors from their cesspools to pelt our people with pictures of fetuses and the usual "abortion kills children" patriarchist rhetoric. It remains amazing to me that the bloviating of men in suits continues to seduce women away from our ideal of self-empowerment.
I think our own turnout was somewhat better than last year. In any case it was a splendid day, and the steps of the capitol were a more inviting venue than the Methodist church was last year. Better planning let us march on the street this time, bringing our voice and presence to many passers-by.
I was highly disappointed that neither Mark nor Cathy could see fit to attend or even to send their people in today. For two people locked in mortal combat for the right to face Sonny Perdue in November, the disdain they showed to a large contingent of primary voters was profoundly sad. Apparently they have either decided to forego working from their base, or that pro-choice voters are not their base. It's cowardice that doesn't befit anyone with a D next to their name.
It's worth noting that not all our state candidates behaved so ignobly. Both Jim Martin and Greg Hecht strode fearlessly onto the battlefield today, and I am delighted that our nominee will be willing to ram Ralph Reed's Christian Taliban screeds down his throat. The danger presented by Ralph Reed can hardly be overestimated, but he is mistaken if he thinks he can turn Georgia into South Dakota.
Down the ballot, Representatives Steve Henson, Alisha Thomas Morgan, Nan Orrock, Sheila Jones, “Able” Mable Thomas, and others showed that the banner of choice has not been abandoned under the Gold Dome. The voice of choice is loud in Georgia. Can you hear us, Sadie Fields?