A is For: Achievement
This week, as we celebrate the reelection of President Barack Obama and a national rejection of anti-choice rhetoric, we at AisFor.org want to take this opportunity to thank you for your donations, your passion, your postings and your voices. Because of your help, not only have we been able to contribute to the efforts of the Center for Reproductive Rights, an invaluable legal arm for choice, but we have also evolved into a potent awareness campaign, disseminating vital information.
We have much to be grateful for. On Tuesday night, women favored President Obama 55% to Romney’s 43%. Obamacare and Roe v. Wade are safe for the time being. Many of the loudest anti-choice offenders (all Republicans) have been defeated and ousted from office: Richard “God intended” Mourdock (IN), State Rep. Roger “some girls rape easy” Rivard (WI), Joe “pro-life even in cases of rape and incest” Walsh (IL), Tom “having a baby out of wedlock is similar to rape” Smith (PA), John “rape thing” Koster (WA) and, last but not least, the now infamous Todd “legitimate rape” Akin (MO).
The United States Senate now has a record 20 female members being sworn in in 2013. All six female Democratic Senators up for reelection held onto their seats: Maria Cantwell (WA), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Claire McCaskill (MO) and Debbie Stabenow (MI). And the new Democratic additions are Tammy Baldwin (WI), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Mazie Hirono (HI) and Elizabeth Warren (MA). In the words of Dee Dee Myers (former White House Press Secretary for President Clinton), “it’s not parity, but it’s progress.”
These victories have been exciting, historic, relieving and vindicating. But we need to remain vigilant, because the fight is not over.
The GOP still controls the House, and defeated anti-choice Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan (still a U.S. Representative) is a GOP darling and considered a future leader of the party. There are plenty left in office who will not stop in their fight to rescind our rights. The Susan B. Anthony List (a political action group which seeks to advance anti-choice candidates) blames Romney’s loss on his campaign not being more vehemently anti-choice.
There remains in this country an insidious and pervasive cultural resistance to equality for women and our autonomy and rights to self-determination. Some factions may never get it, as demonstrated Wednesday by a phumphering post-election Rush Limbaugh, mockingly suggesting to his listeners, “If we’re not getting the female vote, do we become pro-choice? Do we start passing out birth control pills? Is that what we have to do?”
Yes, Rush. That would be a great start.
In the meantime, let’s celebrate our victories. But we must also keep our passions enflamed, and keep posting and talking and wearing our A’s. We must keep our voices loud and clear.
The videos people are making and sharing are especially helpful. We’ve reached nearly TWO MILLION views on YouTube alone! And we’ve been featured on Daily Beast, Jezebel, Huffington Post, Boing Boing and numerous other blogs that are seen by millions of viewers. If you haven’t yet made your own video about what your A stands for, there’s no time like the present. Send it in and let’s get it out there!
Because with every video shared, every time you wear your A, or repost an AisFor article on your Facebook page, or make a donation or encourage a friend to get involved, it does make a difference. For all of us. And we are truly grateful.
We’ve come so far already. And with your continued, invaluable participation, we can go even further!