Any advice from the grassroots about how to tell, oh let’s say, 65,000 to 100,000 women in the 4th district in the next two weeks that their congressman wants to take away their birth control pills & funding for them and thinks its ok to fund religious groups in Africa that refuse to discuss condoms?
As explanation, he opposes interfering with a fertilized egg, and since birth control pills may do that (mostly they stop ovulation, but it might prevent implantation) and IUD’s do, it’s condoms or nothing. I haven’t figured out yet how the Africa stance fits in with the condoms are ok view, except if he’s defending Catholic and other religious groups working in Africa who do oppose condoms.
The papers will not cover this, considering the Star Ledger and Phil. Inquirer endorsements over the weekend, relying on Smith propaganda that he is a moral person etc and his ‘principled’ demotion from the veterans affairs committee (hey, he stood up to DeLay once – he won’t call for Hastert and Boehner’s resignation now, even though he was on Foley’s Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus and wants life imprisonment for what he calls ‘child sex offenders’). Some women’s group understand the threat, and their DC offices worry about it, but want to back viable races when it comes to their PAC’s, or are just now getting around to considering the 4th.
We need boots (or whatever the latest fashionable walking shoe is) on the ground, $$, progressives, women and anyone else who is closer to the 4th than the 7th to get out the word out.
Honestly, when these two weeks are over – I go back to the 6th in my peri-menopausal state, so as people like to say regarding Iraq, I don’t really have ‘skin in the game,’ except my desire to live in a state where science is not rejected for ideological reasons and one where we’ve regained ground lost for women in politics, if not broken the glass ceiling.