As we continue to process the results of last week's elections, our friends at RHRealityCheck.org provide us with some analysis of the results in terms of Abortion, Sex Education, Family Planning, and Anti-Bullying Legislation. Each of these issues are currently in peril with the House led by the Republican party, with the right to choose most endangered: "At least 78 Republican House and Senate candidates would – if given the opportunity – vote to make abortion illegal under ALL circumstances, including in cases of rape and incest." The 112th Congress will be the Congress of culture wars, meaning the choice movement must remain active and prepared to fight for a woman's right to choose.
Local Maryland/DC/Virginia news blog TBD.com offered a look at what the election means explicitly for the pro-choice and anti-choice communities. While radical anti-abortion groups are considering Republican wins a "victory for the nation's pre-born," the pro-choice movement is confident that new anti-choice elects will face strong opposition to their legislative efforts from pro-choice leaders, and in the end may have nothing more on their side than lip service.
Another local blog, the Maryland Politics Watch, offers not only an analysis of this year's results but also projections of the next cycle. Blogger David Lubin believes this year's election results were largely due to Republican anger towards the shift in policy, but "[t]hey cannot expect to dominate so easily in 2012 when the much large presidential electorate turns out." Other changes we should anticipate include redistricting, and a political gridlock.
If these political projections make you nervous, remember to ensure your voice is heard. Sign NARAL Pro-Choice America's petition to let Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner know that We're Watching Him. Do not let the Republican Party platform succeed with the following agenda:
Push the new “Stupak on Steroids” bill. This bill is even worse than the original Stupak ban in health reform. It would ban coverage of abortion in the new system and impose a tax on Americans with private insurance plans that include abortion coverage.
Repeal the health-reform law. It’s outrageous, but our opponents have threatened to overturn the health-care law
No doubt, the elections were rough. But we must get up, dust ourselves off, and prepare for the battle ahead. As we gear up for the 2011 legislative session, we know we can count on pro-choice Marylanders to remain vigilant and ready for action!