Matthew Yglesias comments on the good news about contraceptive access provisions in the Affordable Care act and the possible bad news in Dana Goldstein’s report that anti-choice activists are gearing up to keep those provisions from taking effect.
Politically speaking, I think this is the fight progressives have been wanting to have for some time now—something that would highlight the deeply reactionary and anti-woman ideology that drives the main institutional players in the anti-abortion movement. But will it be possible to get people to pay attention? These non-abortion reproductive health aspects of the Affordable Care Act got very little attention from either side.
That it wasn’t well-known is probably good news overall. Had it been then the anti’s noise machine could have put the brakes on it. Instead they were content to rattle on about other sticks-to-the-wall shit they were throwing.
But if it’s unknown there’s now a risk that the ‘wingers could get their hooks in it first, leaving progressives to play catch up yet again, still, as always.
So much the better then that Goldstein’s raised the concern and that Monica Potts, and Yglesias, Lindsay Beyerstein, Kevin Drum, and me, and (hint, hint) you and (HINT! HINT! HINT!) major-fundraising national-powerhouse feminist and progressive institutions start working the issue first.