I’ll see your “bossy” and raise you an “anti-choice”

A prominent female corporate executive has joined with the Girl Scouts for an initiative called “Ban Bossy.” It’s all about fostering female leaders. The theory seems to be that when assertive girls are called “bossy” by their peers, it’s a criticism. It’s “an insidious term designed largely to undercut women’s voices.” Ban the word, says Ms. Executive.

Ban insidious terms designed largely to undercut women’s voices? Why stop at “bossy”? Try these.

So much invective, so little time …

And then there’s the one every pro-life woman who has ever raised her voice has heard: “anti-choice.”

That’s definitely designed to undercut women’s voices. Anytime the discussion turns to Lila Rose or Charmaine Yoest or Abby Johnson, someone’s right there to slap on the “anti-choice” label. People praying outside abortion facilities occasionally hear it shouted at them. I’ve gotten it from a few elected officials in my own state  – although no man has ever stooped to the term in my presence. It’s some female legislators who are free with it. Almost like mean girls, except they’re all grown up and representing thousands of people.

But anti-choice is just descriptive, you might say. Just a fact. Like the way an eight-year-old might call a classmate “bossy.” Just descriptive, just a fact. Designed to undercut, to silence, to shame, to mock. Language is a powerful tool, and a powerful weapon.

And still, pro-life women just won’t shut up and go away. God bless them, every one. And you know something? I’m guessing we were all called bossy when we were little. I know I was.

Ban bossy? Ditch anti-choice at the same time, and then I’ll know there’s something sincere going on.


Reality check: What’s a “toughest” abortion law?

What does it take to have the “toughest abortion law in the country”?

Not much, apparently.

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has called the Texas legislature into second special session for July 1. The legislature failed to vote on SB5, a bill to regulate abortion, before a midnight deadline at the end of a first special session on June 25. A pro-abortion filibuster by a pink-sneakered abortion-absolutist legislator was reportedly augmented by a disruptive crowd in the gallery. Dr. Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life describes the scene:

At 12:03 last night, the Texas Senate voted 19-10 to pass a pro-life omnibus bill that Democrat senator Wendy Davis had been filibustering earlier. But that was three minutes too late. The bill had to pass by midnight. Why were they three minutes late recording the vote? Because abortion activists had succeeded in creating so much chaos in the chamber, the Senate was unable to maintain an orderly process. The filibuster actually ended at 10:30, leaving an hour and a half in the legislative session to consider the bill. But mob rule took over with the protestors [sic] in the galleries overwhelming the number of police there to keep order.

What was in what the New York Times called “some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country“?

  • A ban in abortions after 20 weeks
  • A requirement that abortion facilities meet the same standards as all other ambulatory care centers
  • A requirement that a physician performing an abortion have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility at which the abortion is performed

Full text of the bill as introduced is here. It says no late-term abortions, and enhanced safety for women. Tough, hmmm?

Abby Johnson is calling on pro-lifers to get to Austin on July 1. Her Facebook page will have updates in the coming days.