The “pro-choice”/”pro-life” argument is not a new one by any means–it’s been a divisive social and political issue for decades. But over the past several months, the subject of reproductive rights has become the hot button domestic issue, thanks in large part to some major political clashes on the subject (does an all-male panel on women’s reproductive rights ring a bell?).
Now, with election day only weeks away, debate over the issue(s) is more heated than ever. In the midst of aggressive campaigns, grassroots efforts, vehement blog posts, and angry protests from both sides, The Center for Reproductive Rights, a global legal advocacy organization, has launched a new campaign in the form of an A-list-celebrity-backed petition.
The campaign, titled “Draw The Line,” launched on Tuesday, and it asks American voters to sign a “Bill of Reproductive Rights” in support of legal and readily available access to contraception, abortion, and other reproductive health services. Some of the big Hollywood names involved include Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, Amy Poehler, Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Silverman, Billy Crudup, and Caroline Kennedy.
The online petition reads as follows:
“We the people of the United States hereby assert the following as fundamental human rights that no government may deny, and that our governments at every level must guarantee and safeguard for all.
1.The right to make our own decisions about our reproductive health and future, free from intrusion or coercion by any government, group, or individual.
2.The right to a full range of safe, affordable, and readily accessible reproductive health care—including pregnancy care, preventive services, contraception, abortion, and fertility treatment—and accurate information about all of the above.
3.The right to be free from discrimination in access to reproductive health care or on the basis of our reproductive decisions.”
In order to promote the petition, the campaign has released a few online videos (see below for examples). The first features several celebrities in a comical, tongue-in-cheek ad, while the second is a straight-forward, no frills, one-on-one PSA-style spot in which Meryl Streep speaks calmly and directly to the audience. Which do you think is more effective? Personally, we like the first one, if for no other reason than hearing an enraged actress exclaim, “forced vaginal WHAT?!”
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