Komen 'Overreach' Is Wake-Up Call for Women

This could change the conversation on reproductive rights: Salon columnists
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2012 11:39 AM CST
Planned Parenthood supporters attend a rally in Seattle on Friday.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Susan G. Komen for the Cure controversy is a very big deal for women's reproductive rights, maybe the biggest in decades, write Salon columnists Rebecca Traister and Joan Walsh. "The overreach by the Komen foundation, while surely intended to strike yet another blow on the side of antiabortion activism, succeeded instead in waking a powerful constituency—armed with precisely the language and emotional heft they’ve been lacking for too long," they write.

The reaction was so explosive because it had been building for a while, thanks in part to John Boehner and his conservative House chipping away at reproductive rights. "It was the reflexive kick of a shin hit just below the knee, and the visceral anger spilled everywhere" and from "divergent voices," they write. "What happened this week was powerful. It was mass. It was direct. It was emotional. And it restores women as the moral center of this conversation—which is where they belong." Read the full column here. Or click here for an opposing view.

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