Eschaton: Movement: Amanda:
The other important takeaway from this is that there's a genuine disconnect between the anti-choice movement and people who identify as "pro-life" but aren't in the movement.
I've been saying this, roughly, for years. I don't think all self-identified "pro-life" people are anti-women, anti-sex, anti-birth control, controlling pervert freaks, but the pro-life movement is. It's why it was so frustrating to watch for years as Sensible Democrats imagined they could come to some sane "grand bargain" and put the issue behind them forever. Sensible Democrats imagined that reducing abortion must surely be the goal of the "pro-life" movement, and so reducing unwanted pregnancies must be common ground we can all agree on. But, no, as they eventually finally figured out. Unwanted pregnancies are a feature, not a bug, at least for slutty slutty slutty sluts who have unapproved of sex. It's the "punishment."
The defeat of personhood in Mississippi shows how empty a term "pro-life" really is.: If you dig into the Gallup numbers, in fact, it seems that on the abortion issue alone, around half of people who claim to be "pro-life" actually would like abortion services to be available in the cases they imagine that they or their loved ones could need them. I imagine if you polled people who labeled themselves "pro-life" on other issues central to the anti-choice movement, such as severely restricting or banning contraception, you'd find even more of a disconnect between what the movement wants and what people who adopt their labels but aren't part of the movement want.
So when the personhood proponents push forward… just don't get that people they see as fellow travelers aren't. But I don't actually blame the fanatics for this state of affairs. Fanatics are going to be fanatics…. The real people to blame are conservatives who don't bother fighting anti-choicers and instead waste all their time getting angry at feminists and pro-choicers for having the temerity to point out how fanatical the anti-choice movement is. If conservatives who aren't fanatics stopped feeding the delusion by voting for and supporting the anti-choice movement while pretending not to see how out of control they are, the fanatics would be much easier to rein in.