No Ten for Tennessee

This past election, South Dakota, Colorado, and California soundly defeated important anti-choice bills, but the Democratic sweep of the nation did not extend to Tennessee.

State Republicans, led by recently re-elected Knoxville Representative Stacey Campfield, are already attempting to resurrect the previously failed SJR127, an amendment that would “provide that nothing in the Constitution of Tennessee secures or protects right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion”, including pulling government subsidies from Planned Parenthood. The communications director for the Tennessee Republican Party, Bill Hobbs, is on board:

Planned Parenthood is the McDonalds of abortion – millions of babies slaughtered. It’s a moral shame that even one dime of taxpayer money goes to them. Now, thanks to some smart legislating by pro-life Republicans, the $1.5 million the state used to give to Planned Parenthood for various women’s health services (though not abortion, wink wink) may no longer flow into their bank account.

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Il Mondo Cambia!

partito-democraticoItaly’s Democratic Party (Partito Democratico) calls this world-changing election la vittoria della esperanza – the victory of hope.

Italian commentator Walter Veltroni adds: “L’America sembra aver preso la strada giusta, questa notte rimarrà nella storia. (America seems to have taken the right road; this night will remain in history.)”

The important four-year-old demographic

henryvotesMy nephew went to his mom’s polling place this Tuesday, too, sample ballot and red voting marker in hand.  Though he was apparently not entirely clear on who he wanted to vote for, he was pretty certain that he knew who he was voting against.

Aw, no Palin for President in 2012?

palinfishYou’ll all be happy to note that Sarah Palin has declined that she has any intention to run for national office in 2012.

Though denied, of course, by the McCain-Palin camp, speculations abound that her nomination as Vice Presidential candidate was one of the key factors in McCain’s huge losses in the polls on Tuesday.  Palin’s rabid yet vapid views on women’s rights astonished even conservative women voters, leading many to give their votes to the more open-minded Obama.

Nice fish, though.

NARAL’s support helped President Obama

Okay, so it could be just a coincidence…

  • NARAL Pro-Choice volunteers contacted over 290,000 households to make them aware of Senator McCain’s abysmal voting record on women’s rights.
  • Obama prevailed in all eight battleground states where NARAL contacted voters on his behalf.
  • I wore my lucky blue voting socks and didn’t wash my hair.

Say it with me one more time:  President Obama.  Pres-i-dent O-ba-ma.  Mmmmm.

Voters say ‘NO!’ to California’s Proposition 4

Following the lead of South Dakota and Colorado, California voters failed anti-choice Proposition 4, a law that would require doctors to notify a minor’s parents 48 hours before performing an abortion.

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Condoleezza Rice “revels” in Obama victory

ROMANIA-NATO-SUMMIT-BUSH-RICEFrom The Huffington Post:

An emotional Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reveled Wednesday in Barack Obama’s election, calling it an “extraordinary step forward” for the nation.

A child of the segregated deep South who became the highest-ranking African-American woman ever in American government and was once considered a potential Republican presidential nominee, Rice called the Democratic president-elect “inspirational” and said his victory was proof of America’s promise.

“This was an exercise in American democracy of which Americans across the political spectrum are justifiably proud,” she said.