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About That Hyde Amendment

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Business leader instructing focused Indian female assistant. Serious and upset woman leaning head on hand and listening to boss during coffee break. Teamwork or company hierarchy concept
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June 6, 2019 2:07 p.m.

“I am not a ‘safe, legal, and rare’ person. I am an ‘on demand and without apology’ person. I am a ‘holy s*** I am so pissed off right now I’m gonna rip out my IUD, get pregnant, and have an abortion, over and over as many times as I can while I still can, as an fu to those people’ person. But I am also pragmatic. Why can’t Democrats be the same?”

TPM Reader AX has some thoughts about the Hyde amendment ….

(Remember, publishing a reader email does not signal agreement or disagreement. As they say on Twitter, don’t @ me.)

I should write a thread and @ this to you; however, since I am a lady going up for promotion in a male-dominated field at a public university this fall, engaging publicly on social media scares me. So, I’ll share my thoughts here.

Lost in all the talk re Biden is what he can do for the US’ global reputation and relationships. I don’t need to explain how much Trump, and everything about him, his policies, and his people, has damaged us geostrategically.

Certainly, allies will be happy to deal with any non-Trump sentient being. But in terms of foreign policy, all of the other candidates are relative unknowns to them. Only Biden has the decades of experience, attendant deep understanding of how global diplomacy works, and connections to repair our relationship with the rest of the world– to assure and reassure that Trump was a blip, not an inflection point. This, to me, is an existential imperative that largely subsumes domestic issues.

For example, I understand people’s frustration with the Hyde Amendment, but holy f*** we cannot demand ideological purity at a time when legal abortion in itself is in peril.

I don’t think Biden believes in the Hyde Amendment. But I’m sure he and his advisors know that a lot of moderate-to-right-leaning people might say, “Yeah, abortion should be legal, but *I* shouldn’t have to pay for it with my taxes! That’s reasonable.” It’s BS, of course, as RBG has explained well; however, at this point, I want to keep our country from sliding over the precipice into the abyss. We can deal with Hyde after Biden is elected and a unified, Democratic Congress forces change.

I am not a “safe, legal, and rare” person. I am an “on demand and without apology” person. I am a “holy s*** I am so pissed off right now I’m gonna rip out my IUD, get pregnant, and have an abortion, over and over as many times as I can while I still can, as an fu to those people” person. But I am also pragmatic. Why can’t Democrats be the same?

I could say more, but it’s already more than enough. If you’ve read this far, thanks. And thanks for TPM. It has made me smarter and more thoughtful (well, minus the abortion-ad-infinitum thing).

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