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Worst use of air quotes ever.

So, I'm pro-choice, but not pro-abortion. I don't think anyone likes abortion. But I feel very strongly that I cannot legislate my spiritual beliefs onto other people, and also that children deserve to be wanted and women deserve to have autonomy over their bodies.

But whether you're pro-choice or anti-choice, I think we an all agree that McCain's use of little air quotes when referring to the "health" of the mother is more than a little horrifying.

I don't know if he thinks that health problems caused by pregnancy are made up, or if they just don't matter. Are these women who experience health or life threatening pregnancy complications liars, Mr. McCain? Or just whiners? How about the great number of them who worked awfully hard for these very-much-wanted pregnancies (women who use IVF, after all, are substantially more likely than other women to experience certain complications), only to have to choose, "My baby's life or mine?"

I don't care if you think abortion should be available in the ninth month or if you think rape victims should have to carry their attacker's child or face jail time; either way, I think the complete disregard for women, for their health and well-being, and for their ability to make responsible decisions expressed by McCain in the recent debate is pretty apparent.

Maybe I was the only one who felt Mr. McCain telling me that Sarah Palin is my role model was vomit-worthy, but I don't see how I could possibly be alone in my gag reflex over the air quotes.

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ms_cantrell
Oct. 18th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
mccain has turned into a complete and utter prick. his use of air quotes in the debate on wednesday was horrifying and incredibly unconstructive.

i'm pro-choice but have pretty strong feelings re: personal responsibility & pregnancy. one needs to be respectful of the mother as something other than a baby machine, and pragmatic with regard to the rights of a fetus vs. those of the mother. which all translates into very pro-choice.

palin is a pile of steaming crap. she has nothing in common with me aside from reproductive organs. that mccain nominated such a sack is one more strike against him.
amazonvera
Oct. 19th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Agreed all around. I honestly used to like McCain, but his behavior in this campaign is just unbelievable. It genuinely saddens me to see him throwing away his integrity, dignity, and political credibility like this.
abattoir_blue
Oct. 18th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
Yeah it really, really pissed me off. I was yelling at my tv. Here is an example I wish he'd read, but know he never will http://www.uppercasewoman.com/wastedbirthcontrol/2008/03/speaking-to-the.html
amazonvera
Oct. 19th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
No, he won't.

It's really maddening to see someone with the gall to comment on and judge the experiences of groups they don't and never can or will belong too, and more so when they obviously haven't even bothered to inform themselves about the basics of that experience.
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amazonvera
Oct. 19th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, either those twitches and tick were him having a mild stroke or being a complete douche. Either way, not very presidential.
yolen
Oct. 18th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
He's reprehensible.
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