March 28, 2006


No Room in the Big Tent (Rose Aguilar, March 28, 2006, AlterNet)

Anti-abortion Republicans have a lot to celebrate. The confirmation of Samuel Alito and John Roberts, two anti-abortion Supreme Court justices, and the passage of the South Dakota law banning all abortion, have been seen as clear Republican victories. But for pro-choice Republicans, appalled and disgusted by the South Dakota law, the party ended a long time ago. While some say it's important to speak out and fight for change, others say they're tired of fighting a losing battle.

"I was a Republican. I did stand up. I got crucified for it and finally said, 'To hell with it,'" says Elisabeth "Jinx" Ecke, a longtime Planed Parenthood supporter and board member in San Diego, Calif. "I've tried to support Republican candidates in the California Assembly, and they swear on a stack of bibles that they'll vote pro- choice. Then they go to Sacramento and they vote anti-choice. I'm done."

Ecke, 74, cast her first vote for Dwight Eisenhower back in 1953. Four years ago, she reregistered by checking the "Decline to State" box. "I'm supporting mostly Democrats for one simple reason: choice," she says. "People say you can't be a one issue voter and I say, 'Yes I can.'"

There can't be more than a handful of Republicans in the country for whom the sole issue that motivates them is defending the Culture of Death.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 28, 2006 6:17 AM

Pro-death voters, pro-life voters: do the math.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 28, 2006 9:13 AM

If she's going to be a single-issue voter, she shouldn't bitch if I am one too...

Posted by: Ptah at March 28, 2006 9:46 AM

Another case of BDS - she could have left 25 years ago. Or maybe she just doesn't like Arnold. Who knows? San Diego has certainly had its governmental troubles in recent years, too.

However, what about Democrats who publically talk neutral about abortion, and then vote to support partial-birth action? No comment from "Jinx".

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 28, 2006 10:30 AM

Bingo, Jim. Didn't think about THEM.

Posted by: Ptah at March 28, 2006 11:05 AM

Pretty much the only people who think like this are in the same age bracket as Ms. Ecke...

Posted by: b at March 28, 2006 11:36 AM

I grew up in Del Mar, next door to her home in Encinitas. She was a bit of a legend for being a wealthy eccentric (the Ecke family made its fortune by developing a breed of poinsetta that could be shipped anywhere -- your Christmas poinsettas are undoubtedly from the Ecke greenhouses).

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at March 28, 2006 3:24 PM