Voters to Representatives: Get Out of My Uterus and Do Your Job

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CFS? Yes. Reproductive rights? No.
On the day after the Texas Senate passed a bill requiring women to undergo mandatory transvaginal sonograms before getting an abortion, and on the same day the Lege passed a resolution celebrating Chicken Fried Steak Day (not kidding), the resounding call from voters all across the political spectrum has become "This is not what I sent you to do. I sent you to set priorities."

That quote is a result of the research pollster Celinda Lake presented yesterday at the Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas Action Fund's annual meeting at Hotel Zaza. Lake is a leading strategist for the national Democratic Party. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is a nonprofit lobbying and fundraising organization dedicated to electing leaders who will preserve women's, health and reproductive rights. Yesterday's luncheon helped raise a record-breaking $87,000 for the fund, according to Wanna Hadnott, Action Fund board chair.

Lake's appearance came at a crucial time, said Mini Timmaraju, Action Fund political director. "We are in the middle of a war on women and reproductive rights, starting in Austin and moving all the way to Washington, DC," she said. "We have the highest rate of uninsured women and children in the country."

Timmaraju then read a status report featuring a litany of legislative changes against women, personal freedoms and reproductive rights, including the passage of the sonogram bill and the Choose Life license plate bill, the proceeds of which fund Pregnancy Crisis Centers, religiously backed organizations that allegedly withhold or misrepresent medical information from women in order to convince them not to have abortions.

Public fatigue for these changes has helped grow the Action Find's supporter database to 100,000 people. And it was that sense of constituent fatigue that Lake repeatedly encountered during her research.

"You don't expect pollsters to give the uplifting part of the presentation," she joked as she hobbled to the mike after Timmaraju's status report. "I'm limping because I've been running around Washington trying to kick the Tea Party out."

Lake said voters are becoming increasingly disillusioned with Washington's focus on flash-bang issues instead of bigger-picture problems like job growth and the economy.

"People are sick of the abortion debate. They voted for change and out of a sense of frustration with the economy, they didn't vote for these reproductive attacks. The people who are single-issue voters, the people who are fired up are anti-choice, but that's changing. Sixty-five percent of voters did not want Planned Parenthood defunded," she said of her research.

"A record number of people are losing their jobs and going to Planned Parenthood for medical care. They're saying, 'Now we have medical protocol being determined by my government and not my doctor, and you're not even paying for it?' People really feel that their economic situation is not understood by Washington," Lake said.

The public's biggest critique for their elected officials, according to Lake? "'They're making my life harder, not easier. They are going too far.' The public is stunned that this is what they're working on," she said.


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Jeff
Jeff

I'm a big supporter of Planned Parenthood, but I question the results of any study done by a partisan group. It devalues the results and is not overly helpful to any cause. Get Robert Stein or Richard Murray to do it, so it at least won't appear politically motivated.

Diegoengel
Diegoengel

Meanwhile, little babies were like quit jabbing me with that coat hanger.

Justsayin
Justsayin

Abortion is infanticide/child abuse. The woman's body ends where one or more growing children BEGIN. They have rights too dammit.

Dyboldge
Dyboldge

Religious extremism: hard at work in Texas.

Evan
Evan

Republicans just want government small enough to fit inside a vagina.

Nonsequiteuse
Nonsequiteuse

The current crop of anti-woman legislators who are so unhealthily focused on women's reproductive systems would do well to remember the advice that got Bill Clinton elected in 1992: it's the economy, stupid.

Reasonable people, regardless of political party affiliation, want government to focus on the big-picture issues: large-scale infrastructure projects, defense/military, the creation of jobs, and the stability of the economy.

Reasonable people are quite comfortable making their own personal, private decisions about their sex lives, when to have children, what to do at the doctor's office, and what to pray about in the privacy of their homes.

The legislators in Austin are not reasonable people. I hope fervently that they will soon be unemployed. Reasonable people, it is up for us to figure out who to vote for so we can replace them.

H_e_x
H_e_x

This bill and the abortion bill fix the deficit how?

Sudden Innuendoes
Sudden Innuendoes

Omigosh, I LOVE your headline. (That's almost what he said last night.) While it is true I've had a baby (and a few parties), there's not even room for more than one lege in my uterus--I don't care how many want in there!!

I'm scheduling all my abortions for this summer, while I can still get them. Those law-making dicks.

Maisy Tank
Maisy Tank

I'm totally confused. HB 1942, the anti-bullying bill by Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, cleared the Texas House yesterday on its third and final reading, by a vote of 94-41.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Jeff, I was skeptical at first too, but Lake's job as a pollster is to get into the mind of all voters, not just those who support typically Democratic issues. The whole purpose of her research is to find out what's important to voters from the other side of the aisle in order to convince them to vote for her candidates. With that in mind I'm inclined to believe her data is as accurate and non-partisan as possible. It must be, to serve her purpose.

raine1951
raine1951

NO, you are wrong. a woman's body is hers, and does not belong to a fetus, or an embryo. NOT EVERY SPERM IS SACRED. Until you own a uterus, you have absolutely no right to address this issue. It is men who rape, men who leave pregnant women to fend for themselves, men who fail to support their own offspring.Men abuse women in so many ways its unbelievable. YOU try living in hell after the trauma of rape. YOU try living in hell with a father that rapes you from age 2 to 15, when you can finally run away from home and try to take care of yourself. You try living with a man who beats you and belittles you until you actually believe you must deserve it because you are only a woman. You bear the child of a monster and care for it, look at it every day and hate the progenator and fail to love the child, no matter how hard you try. People like you are so simple minded. One note song...you have no idea, NONE of what you are talking about.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Its legal, deal with it. And who the hell are you to decide what a woman can do with her own body?

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

You're missing the point. According to Lake's research, voters are much more concerned with big issues like the economy and the war than they are with hot-button topics like abortion. The representatives are not listening to those concerns.

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