"In my world, you don’t get to call yourself ‘pro-life’ and be against common-sense gun control — like banning public access to the kind of semiautomatic assault rifle, designed for warfare, that was used recently in a Colorado theater. You don’t get to call yourself ‘pro-life’ and want to shut down the Environmental Protection Agency, which ensures clean air and clean water, prevents childhood asthma, preserves biodiversity and combats climate change that could disrupt every life on the planet. You don’t get to call yourself ‘pro-life’ and oppose programs like Head Start that provide basic education, health and nutrition for the most disadvantaged children. You can call yourself a ‘pro-conception-to-birth, indifferent-to-life conservative.’ I will never refer to someone who pickets Planned Parenthood but lobbies against common-sense gun laws as ‘pro-life.’"
@6 months ago with 616 notes
Thomas Friedman, The New York Times (via hypervocal)
Yes. All of it.
This is the ENTIRE problem. The issue of abortion is one of those hot buttons that creates one-issue voters. There’s a segment of the US that would seemingly vote Ahmedinejad into the oval office, if he was the only anti-reproductive rights candidate. (Other one-issue voter topics: gay marriage, estate tax, Israel, immigration…)