So if Dom's gonna point to a single critical post in order to characterize Darcy Burner's Netroots Nation keynote presentation as "hectoring," I get to point to some posts from a couple of other women in the audience who had quite a different take.
So many of the speakers and people that I’ve met this weekend so far have been amazing but the speech that nearly brought me to tears along with many others in the audience was from our very own Darcy Burner.
During the speech, Burner asked if there were women in the room who would be willing to stand up and talk about making the choice to have an abortion. All over the room, women stood. Myself included. Burner then asked those who were willing to support these women who would speak up about their choice to stand. As far as I could see, the entire rest of the room came to their feet.
For me, it felt like the safe and warm embrace of a loving community—willing to support me and speak out against those who would try and shame me.
... I'm proud of the fact that I recognized I wasn't ready to have a baby at 19 years old. I'm relieved that I made the right decision and now I've got two healthy, well-adjusted and intelligent offspring. I waited to have children until I was ready to be a mother. That's what being pro-woman is all about.
If Burner's Democratic primary opponents want to make an issue of her presentation—bizarrely attempting to brand her as too pro-choice—as a Burner supporter I say have it. Burner's point, that the rightwing's success at shaming women into silence about their own abortions hurts the reproductive rights movement, is a strong one. But, you know, watch the presentation and decide for yourself.
*UPDATE: I've been reminded that Roya is an intern on Burner's campaign. Full disclosure and all that.