Annie Bukacek and Montana’s most extreme anti-choicers are trying to find the silver lining in their second signature-gathering-based failure (and umpteenth legislative referenda-based failure in 20-years) to get a total abortion ban on Montana’s ballot.
“These are all volunteer signatures, which is an amazing feat in and of itself.”
Given the tea party, mega churches, and the general propensity of Montanans to be willing to put questions to a vote of the people, I don’t think it took that many volunteers. Nor do I think that it is “an amazing feat” that you convinced some people to sign your petition voluntarily. The fact that these right-wingers think so, however, certainly doesn’t say much about what they were trying to get on the ballot.
Perhaps some will say that I misconstrue the above quotation–that this individual is trying to say that the signatures were collected by volunteers; however, I don’t think that’s the case because the press release makes the point elsewhere, and, it is their press release.
Victory for Montanans (Jay wrote about it earlier and I touched on it briefly below), the integrity of the MT Constitution, and the right to privacy can be found in the failure of CI-102 to qualify for the ballot in November, so the rest of us will also be celebrating.
This is not the first time Bukacek has faced failure, so it’s good to see she’s keeping a positive attitude about it all:
She has written a book about weight loss, and her diabetes quality assurance efforts launched a program that is being used nation-wide. Because of her quality assurance work, she was chosen by the American Board of Internal Medicine as one of six physician consultants regarding its Diabetes Practice Improvement Model. Asked to leave a physician group practice because she refused to stop praying with patients, she started her own clinic that is flourishing.
They group is not beyond looking for excuses either. In the same press release, Cal Zastrow, co-founder the national group that is pushing this nonsense on states, seems to be postulating that perhaps one reason for CI-102’s failure to qualify is that one of the movement’s key players was too busy elsewhere to make it happen here in Montana:
“Jesus Christ is building a movement for personhood rights of babies across the country,” explained Cal Zastrow, co-founder of Personhood USA. “He will continue to build in Montana, and they will stand ready.”
Sounds like that guy is pretty busy, plus he’s got the Derek Skees legislative race up in the Flathead and Michael Steele to worry about.