Before I get to two videos of Democratic congresswomen talking about abortion and birth control, something that Adam Serwer wrote is very germane:
These videos are striking because they’re a reminder of how little of media coverage of political battles over abortion reflects the views of real human beings, as opposed to the reductive, paternalist caricatures that seem to dominate the conversation.
Anyway, here’s Democratic congresswoman Jackie Speier:
And Democratic congresswoman ties together the importance of birth control and poverty:
As regular readers know well, one of the things I regularly cover is education policy. After watching Rep. Moore’s speech, how can teachers unions be the primary stumbling block for poor children–which is where the educational crisis lies.
I’ll also add it’s good to hear an elected official talk about what it’s like to be poor as opposed to talking about poverty in the abstract.
After hearing these two women, I tempted to think we should just boot all the men out of Congress: we’re just too unrealistic.