In my facebook posting of August 5, 2015, I responded to a NYT op ed by Katha Pollitt, "How to really defend Planned Parenthood."
Could Katha Pollitt have gone further and pointed out that right wing
opponents of abortion are not, as they claim, pro-life but are
pro-patriarchy; patriarchy of the kind that oppresses women, that is
bent on returning them as far as possible back to the kitchen and
bedroom? It’s an anti-life movement pretending to be a pro-life
Pollitt speaks not a word of this in her NYT op ed. Is
it because she doesn’t believe it or because she fears such an argument
would cross a red line? She only goes
as far as saying that women should have the right to abortion even when
they are faced with no special conditions like rape or threatening
medical conditions and so on. Is this enough? It’s noteworthy that
President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton supported the 2009 coup
against President Zelaya of Honduras who did everything he could to
maintain women’s access to the morning after pill; a right that was
removed with the coup.