I discovered this April 9th post of Bob Lord’s as I was searching for another one and decided to read it, though I’ve been avoiding his stuff as a general rule while the primary is still going on. I’ve also decided to make what began as a comment into a full post.
Bob, as you know, I’m the person you quoted here:
I personally could not care less what a male religious leader who believes women are walking baby machines thinks about our Presidential election but I can understand why either candidate would seek his favor.
This apparently inspired your tirade lambasting those of us who weren’t impressed by Bernie Sanders’ recent Pope-stalking junket and whom you believe to place too much importance on “abortion” as a campaign issue. Well, as someone who pays careful attention to what you still (despite “representing Planned Parenthood”) deem to be a trivial little ladies side issue that can, and must, be jettisoned whenever More Important™ issues (IOW those that affect men) are on the table, allow me to explain:
As you might predict I’d say, Bob, you’re wrong on this. Reproductive rights are not merely about the legality of abortion, although that is a crucial aspect of them. They’re about access to contraception, sex ed, prevention of disease, and other things that are vital to the ability of woman to have freedom and bodily autonomy. They’re also about public health, the safety and well-being of children and men(!), the environment, and (yes) the economy. If you doubt that last part how about we drop an unplanned baby off at your house and see how that changes your finances, Bob? And you’re a rich guy. You could handle it, unlike the woman who presses your shirts at the dry cleaner.
So it’s rather more than what you characterize as an argument between a religious nut and a 15 year old over whether she should have the baby, where it’s plainly obvious to everyone that the religious nut is wrong and we can all focus on Important Things now. It’s a war over the culture and one side is fiercely dedicated to going back to the dark ages for women (and being amazingly successful at advancing that agenda around the globe). The other side doesn’t want to do that, but is unfortunately filled with people like yourself who view it as a minor and easily resolvable disagreement over morals. The Pope is on the wrong side of that war – and heads an institution that is at the forefront of waging it on women – and I’m going to say so, whether it bothers you or not. And if you think I’m “sold out on economic justice” because of that, then I don’t think you know what economic justice is.