Wendy Davis in Texas is speaking out on the true meaning, in terms of government policy, of the terms, pro-life and pro-family. Read on....
Joe Conason - "...the other self-serving sobriquet appropriated by the right is “pro-family,” a code term for opponents of reproductive rights, marriage equality, and other progressive policies that actually empower families of all kinds. Again, these same politicians tend to disparage not only Obamacare, but extended unemployment insurance, Social Security’s old age and disability assistance, Medicaid, Medicare, student loans, tuition assistance, family leave, the earned income tax credit, and the entire panoply of successful government programs that help to keep real working families from disintegrating under economic, social, and medical stress."
So I'm strongly pro-family and pro-life. I also believe that these two ideas are worth fighting for. So far, I'm a member of the Tea Party in good standing. The difference for me is simply that I'm willing to pay for government programs that are truly pro-family and pro-life. I'm also willing to find and elect public servants who are committed to these causes and especially to making the policies and government organizations in charge of these policies WORK smoothly.
Conason again, "How would conservatives behave if they honestly wanted to save the family – as House Republicans will now claim when they kill the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, banning workplace bias against lesbians and gays? They might begin by reconsidering their ideological project of dismantling federal programs, long supported by Republicans and Democrats alike, that help families maintain stability, care for each other, maintain healthy children, and advance in each generation.
The real enemies of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for American families are those who seek to polarize incomes, destroy the social safety net, and impose misery on women and children in the name of religious morality." [emphasis mine]
It's time to call out the religious zealots who are driving the conservative agenda for it is truly and only a religious debate. None of this has anything to do with conservatism. We need to gently push these folks off the political stage and back into the social hall where they can talk to themselves and take care of themselves. God Bless 'em....
More work to do.