So you're making a big decision that will affect millions of lives. Two groups are offering you conflicting advice, ostensibly working under the same belief structure. One group, a small group of old men who spend their time pushing papers and playing politics, advises you to decide one way. The other group, a thousands-strong group of women who are in frequent and close contact with the people who will be most affected by your decision, advises you to decide the other way. To whom do you listen?
If you're an anti-choice Blue Dog fake-Dem like Bart Stupak, you listen to the old men pontificating, and dismiss the women's views in disdainful, contemptuous terms ("When I'm drafting right-to-life language, I don't call up the nuns."). Because after all, they're just women who actually work with the affected populations. What the hell could they possibly know that the Important Men At The Top don't?
Thanks, Stupak, for making it abundantly clear yet again what the anti-choice, pro-forced birth assholes really think of women's lived experiences and the value of our voices. Fuck you very much.