Yeah, a real extremist. A particularly glaring example of how threatened right-wingers feel by women who are anything other than subservient.
So, beyond Justice Ginsburg herself, few lawyers have done more to advance the cause of women’s equality than Nina Pillard — and few lawyers have been as successful in their efforts to do so. By confirming Pillard to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Senate will ensure that the two women’s perspective as leading advocates for women’s justice will not be absent from the bench on the day the elderly Ginsburg retires.
That is, of course, if Pillard is confirmed. On the eve of her confirmation hearing, the influential Family Research Council warned of Pillard’s “militant feminism” and proclaimed that “America can’t afford to give a lifetime appointment to a radical ideologue!”
…Ultimately, what’s at stake in the Pillard confirmation fight is whether a woman who devoted her career to advancing women’s equality in the workplace, in the classroom and in the bedroom is disqualified from the bench because of her fight for equality. The Senate will decide whether America celebrates women like Ginsburg and Pillard, or whether it will erect a glass ceiling over Pillard’s head because she’s devoted her life to smashing similar ceilings placed in the way of other women.
As of this morning, it seems that the Pillard nomination has not yet been voted out of committee. It presumably won’t reach the Senate floor until after the recess, though I saw somewhere that Harry Reid talked about delaying downtime until a lot of pending confirmation votes were dealt with. I wouldn’t count on that.
A couple of other items, about poll results, choice, and violence, below the fold.
As far as public opinion on full reproductive choice, we’ve been winning. Well, mostly.
A majority of Americans—55 percent—continue to think abortion should be legal in most or all cases, compared to just 41 percent who believe it should be illegal in most or all cases, a new ABC/Washington Post poll finds. Similarly, 54 percent oppose state “legislation that makes it more difficult for abortion clinics to operate,” 37 percent strongly opposing it. An even larger majority—66 percent—think the U.S. Constitution, and not the states, should set abortion law. And yet a 56 percent majority thinks abortion should only be legal without restriction up to the 20 weeks that states like Texas keep passing, rather than the 24 weeks that the Supreme Court has said is constitutional. Go figure…
I guess for some people it probably seems like a reasonable way to walk the fence, to be “moderate,” “reasonable,” to stay out of the big fights … to be politely squeamish about a decision they’re unlikely to face because their own lives don’t involve the lack of money or access to reliable health care that make it difficult for some women to obtain an abortion early on.
Right-wing hypocrisy at its most loathsome, degraded, and vile:
Right wing extremists are too caught up in preventing women from having safe access to medical treatment to see or care that thousands of “unborn” and “born” babies are being murdered because of them. They’re too absorbed in exhibiting their own moral superiority over women to actually take a real stand when it comes to saving innocent lives. They’ve been shown too many unsourced photos that supposedly detail the horrors of abortion and nowhere near enough photos that show the horrors of gun violence, much less those of war, to even hope to be able to see the real picture of the real “baby killers”. Who are the real baby killers? The doctors performing safe, in many cases necessary medical procedures? The women who terminate pregnancies within their own bodies for either personal or medical reasons? Or the gun nuts, – those who shoot down innocent women and children on a daily basis in this country, all while being protected and defended by the same people who claim to stand for life?