Tuesday, August 25, 2015

My Pro-Choice Pops

My dad dated a lovely woman who happened to be pro-life. Chad and I were visiting my dad and his lady (at that time) at Dad’s home in Charleston, WV over the holidays. In between bites of bacon-wrapped shrimp and sips of Sauvignon Blanc, they asked us about our biggest victories from the most recent cycle, our favorite clients, and our not so favorite clients.

We were extremely proud to have helped defeat the 20-week abortion ban in Colorado. For me personally, as a die-hard pro-choice woman, NARAL Pro-Choice America was one of my top favorite clients. 

Dad’s lady shrieked in horror and disgust that I was pro-choice, and immediately berated me about my choice. With a raised voice, spitting small pieces of shrimp, and tears rolling down her cheeks, she preached at me that a cookie was a cookie the moment anyone ever thought about baking cookies. 

After a deep breath, I looked at her and started to talk, but was abruptly cut off dad. 

“Cartney is entitled to her opinion. If she wants an abortion, that’s her choice. [Insert lady’s name here], I’m proud to be Cartney’s father. I’m pro-choice, and I’ll stand behind her whatever she wants to do.” Don't even try to imagine her reaction - it was unfathomable. 

Men for choice. (Insert the biggest, proudest smile you can imagine here!) Not only am I lucky to have a strong, pro-choice Mom and a rock star pro-choice life partner in Chad, I have a proud, pro-choice Dad. 

That’s why, especially in light of the negativity Planned Parenthood and the pro-choice movement have received recently, it’s critical to donate to NARAL’s Men for Choice this year (and please make sure to tag that you were invited by Chad Gosselink). Please help Chad and I raise money for a cause we so passionately believe in - for a cause my dad so passionately believes in. Men for choice!!! I love you Dad!!!!!! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My Thoughts Following Last Week's GOP Debate

Check out my thoughts on last week's first GOP debate in my interview with The Hill!