Politicians routinely ask women to give up rights to their own bodies — you don’t need to look any further than the ongoing health care and abortion debates to see proof of that — but if men were faced with the same situation, a woman named Brianna Wu imagines the conversation would be very different.
To prove her point, Wu — a video game developer and computer programmer who also happens to be running for Congress — took to Twitter on July 31 to pose a crucial question to her followers, specifically liberal men.
“Liberal men that think women should compromise on abortion: Can you name a civil right of yours you'd be willing to put on bargaining table?” she asked.
In the dozens of replies that followed, not one man was able to come up with a right they’d be willing to part with akin to what politicians so frequently ask women to cede control of in regard to their own bodies.
One man boldly admitted as much, explaining there was no civil right he’d willingly relinquish. That’s also the foregone conclusion Wu came to in a subsequent tweet, which you can read below:
As Attn: pointed out, and as many people noted in the Twitter comments, Wu’s query was most likely triggered by the announcement from Rep. Ben Ray Luján — the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman — that the party has no intention to withhold financial support for candidates who oppose abortion rights. In other words, pro-life Democratic candidates stand to be given the same backing and support as pro-choice Democratic candidates.
“There is not a litmus test for Democratic candidates,” Luján told The Hill. “As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America.”
In an earlier tweet, Wu called the announcement “a complete betrayal of every woman that has ever supported the Democratic party,” and there are many who agree with her wholeheartedly. New York's Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, for example, shared the following similar message on Twitter after the announcement:
Since her July 31 question went viral, Wu has made her campaign stance very clear. She says she has no intention of sacrificing anyone’s rights for political gain, and believes all politicians (particularly Democrats) should embrace the same standard instead of asking women to jeopardize their own liberties.
“If the Democratic Party doesn't stand with women, count me out. You don't deserve our money or our support,” she added on August 2.
According to The Boston Globe, Wu is looking to unseat Massachusetts Congressman Stephen Lynch, who has changed his views on social issues such as LGBTQ rights and abortion over the course of his nearly 20-year political career.
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