for your note to feminist.com -- and what an inspiration.
I'll answer your specific questions first:
Now that the majority of the House has switched
over, what will that mean to feminism?
I don't think this will make much of a difference
to feminism - being the majority Democratic, doesn't
mean a feminist majority - but, I'm worried that
some feminists will see it this way and become
complacent. It will make a difference in certain
areas - like the majority of Democrats wouldn't
support legislation that made it impossible for
women to have abortions, but many would support
restrictions like parental consent laws, waiting
Do you still think that now Bush is in office,
Roe vs. Wade is in danger of being overturned?
What is likely to happen is that Bush is likely
to appoint 2-3 Supreme Court Justices during his
time in office. It's predicted that he will nominate
an anti-choice Justice - just like his father
nominated Clarence Thomas. So I think that it
is something to worry about - however, we can
help to block these appointments when they arise,
by lobbying the Senate Judiciary Committee.
3. Is Viagra still covered by insurance and
fertility drugs not?
Yes, this is still true. There was some good news
to recently come from either the Supreme Court
of California or another court - though that mandated
employers to make sure their employees health
insurance covered birth control - so that's a
step in the right direction or in an equal direction.
think that's all - besides thanking you for your
energizing email. I hope you keep having these
conversations, keep devouring this information
and applying it immediately. Good luck - and have