John’s right about how we need to fight, and after reading Planned Parenthood Saved Me, all I can think is bring it on. Reading story after story of women for whom Planned Parenthood was a last choice, and who were treated with dignity, compassion and the kind of love that Jesus preached makes me spitting mad. How could we have sunk to such a low point that a national treasure like Planned Parenthood is treated like an outcast and pariah? Why do we even deserve these people? They’ve gotten nothing but a ration of hate, bullets and bombs, and embarrassed and cowardly tolerance from a lot of “moderate Democrats”.
DougJ and SteveM are right that the noise machine is formidable. But at some point people just decide “enough” and there’s really no amount of media noise that can change their minds. Usually that point is when the human damage and pain caused by policies from the right are just too much for the overwhelming majority of Americans to tolerate. In the last couple of years, a number of factors coalesced to connect homophobia with teenage suicide, and while there’s still plenty of hate for the gays by a minority in our society, is there any doubt that efforts like the It Gets Better project and thousands of other efforts have made a lasting change in the way an overwhelming majority looks at homosexuality? When I read Planned Parenthood Saved Me, I feel the same way that I did when watching the first It Gets Better videos. It’s hard to tell if something’s really changed until long after it happens, but I have some cautious hope about attitudes toward Planned Parenthood changing after the Komen incident, and the attention that it brought to Planned Parenthood.