Let me make this clear: I am pro-choice. Any baby who wants to be aborted should be allowed.
That is why I dismissed as too clever by half the argument by Glenn Reynolds this week that Republicans in Congress should not have any law on abortion because of a belief in limited government. If that's the case, then I shall mark Professor Reynolds as opposing any and all new legislation.
A bill limiting abortion to the first 20 weeks of a pregnancy makes perfect sense for Republicans.
First, the bill will not be law. President Obama -- whose mother chose a shotgun marriage over aborting him in 1961 -- will veto it. That makes the effect of the legislation as no harm, no foul to moderate pro-choice voters while telling opponents of abortion that Republicans are definitely on their side.
Second, this is not a state's rights issue. This became federal law when the U.S. Supreme Court wrote it in Roe v. Wade in January 1973. The justices arbitrarily struck down bans on abortion in 46 states without a single legislative debate. To use the 10th Amendment argument against federal action to limit this unholy and unconstitutional decision is just plain wrong.
Third, the law is scientific. Life increasingly is becoming viable earlier in the pregnancy. Hospitals have a crude form of an artificial womb called an NICU. A child in England was born after just 23 weeks of gestation and lives today.
Abortion is wrong. Following the fall of Rome, Christianity adopted the ethic of saving the child's life even at the cost of the mother. In 1973, America regressed to ancient Rome.
Republicans should do all they can to reverse this. Specious arguments about limited government should be brushed away as the folly they are.