I just noticed that the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARRAL) is asking pro-choicers to sign an online petition to President Obama urging him to allow abortions for “high risk” women to be performed in the new health cooperatives that are being established under the new health care reform law. I used to work for NARRAL. No, check that. I used to work for the “National Abortion Rights Action League” but sometime after I left they felt a need to add “Reproductive Rights” to the title. Never understood that one.
Anyway, it’s clear to me that NARRAL does not have much to do these days. Generally, things are going well for them on the national level because we have a pro-choice President. That’s the good news. The bad news is that when things are going well, it hurts your fundraising. And when the money stops coming in, you gotta find an issue that gets your supporters riled up. Hence, this new and rather bogus campaign.
The bottom line is that President Obama signed an Executive Order months ago clarifying that no federal tax dollars would be used for abortions in these new programs. If he hadn’t signed that document, we would not have had health care reform, plain and simple. He had a gun pointed at his head. He needed the votes of some pro-life Democrats.
Now, before any of you pro-choicers jump all over my butt, remember that I have put my time in with the movement and I am as strongly pro-choice as anyone. But the fact is that since the 1970’s, there have been prohibitions on the use of federal dollars for abortions (the “Hyde Amendment”). The Congress doesn’t even vote on the issue anymore. We just don’t have the votes to change that policy. So this Order was just clarifying that long standing policy. It changed absolutely nothing.
But NARRAL is outraged! Sign our petition DEMANDING that he change the policy.
The fact is that NARRAL knows darn well that Obama cannot rescind the order. But, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. So, sign this petition today! And, by the way, now that we have your mailing address you’ll probably receive a fundraising letter by tomorrow. Oh, and please notice in the top right hand corner of this page that we have a convenient DONATE button.
To line their own coffers, NARRAL is putting an already teetering President in more danger. They are riling up the troops who no doubt will be disappointed when Obama does not heed their demands. Sure, they may still vote for him but they will not doubt be less enthusiastic come election time because he has “failed” the pro-choice movement.
The pro-choice organizations sometime forget that their goal is to work their way out of a job. They don’t’ know how to claim victory because, if they do, then they’re on the unemployment lines. So, they are driven to come up with false issues, to try to rev up the troops who, hopefully, will send money to help their national organization fight for this “important right for women.”
This is not only shameful, but it is a dangerous effort that could hurt our PRO-CHOICE President.