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Saturday, April 09, 2016

The sad truth about abortion

So you do not believe Donald Trump is serious about opposing abortion after being for it. Maybe you cite that 1999 interview he did with Tim Russert. Good for you. I will let you in on a little secret: None of the Republicans in Washington are serious about banning abortion.



Abortion is not an issue in America. Like it or not, the Supreme Court made abortion a woman's right. The only way to reverse Roe vs. Wade is a constitutional amendment. You will never get a Supreme Court to reverse it. The last time Congress considered changing the Constitution was 1983 when the Senate rejected the Hatch-Eagleton Amendment 49-50.

The 2012 Republican platform called vaguely for a constitutional ban on abortion -- except for rape and incest, but such an amendment does not exist.

Banning abortion is like the weather. Every Republican in Washington talks about it but there is little they can do about it. Placing a time limit on abortion stopped a few abortions, but that was the craft of ghouls like Kermit Barron Gosnell. Congress dodged the Hyde Amendment to fund abortions through grants to Planned Parenthood. If the Republican Party cared about abortion, it would have shut down the government to avoid paying for another abortion. Even Ted Cruz -- who voted against it -- did not try seriously to stop it. He gave a faux filibuster to goose his presidential ambitions.

Trump is a latecomer to the game, which should be a plus like the sinner who converts. It is not.

From the Weekly Standard:
If you are pro-life, you cannot vote for Donald Trump. The point is simple and unavoidable: If the man is not a covert supporter of legalized abortion, he has at least thought about the issue so rarely and so incompletely that he cannot articulate a coherent sentence about it. Forget walking the walk. Donald Trump cannot even talk the talk. A vote for Trump in any of the remaining Republican primaries is a vote to continue the regime of Roe v. Wade that has warped American politics, injured American jurisprudence, and fed the American culture of death for over forty years. A vote for Trump is a vote for abortion.
A vote for abortion? Sorry but abortion is not the law of the land but embedded in the Constitution thanks to Roe. You can revoke a law. You cannot revoke Roe, no matter how wrongly decided it was. Fixing the court will not work. That is the lazy man's way. It is passive aggressive. You need to be aggressive. You need a constitutional amendment.

And that is never going to happen because that would require a majority in Congress and in 38 states.

13 comments:

  1. There is also article V convention which could offer amendments bypassing congress. With Cruz as president, he would give vocal support to such a convention. With republicans holding enough state assemblies, it is not impossible.

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    1. That Ted Cruz left the stage after Florida. Did you forget? Just miss that?

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  2. The Weekly Standard is hardly the voice of Conservatism in this country

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  3. She was the odd one who killed her baby, She sent the letters, From the country, She was an animal, SHE WAS A BLOODY DISGRACE!

    John Lydon, "Bodies"

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  4. Abortion is evil. Some have posited that abortion is the main reason America is (or seems to be) in decline. I am okay with abortion on one condition: kill the mother. That would prevent an untold number of abortions and solve any number of related problems. - Elric

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  5. Roe is not in the Constitution. It is purely a fabrication of SCOTUS.

    Brown v Board of Education (banning "separate but equal" education) reversed Plessy v. Ferguson (separate but equal is fine). There was no change in the wording of the Constitution in the intervening 58 years.

    What SCOTUS giveth, SCOTUS can taketh away. It just depends on who's on the bench. And overturning the abomination of Roe would not "ban abortion". It would return it's legal status to the states.

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    1. Note that "abomination of Roe" is not a judgement of legalized infanticide. That's a different subject entirely. The abomination of Roe is purely the action of SCOTUS to behave like, and be treated as, a sovereign super-legislature, acting in purely political, partisan ways. The United States is not a Democracy, where the People are sovereign. It is a judicracy(sp), as only the judiciary's opinion are not subject to appeal.

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  6. The thought of fewer crackheads, gang-bangers, and freeloaders being born doesn't terrify me; I wish that fewer of them still were being born or conceived.

    I've always thought that this issue was turned inside out. It should be the Democrats that should want to encourage the births of social misfits; it should be the Republicans who want to terminate those births.

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    1. As I'm sure you know, that was the original intent of the eugenicist founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, and it has worked far beyond her wildest dreams. But now that the number of aborted victims exceeds 50 million in the US alone, shouldn't we feel just a tinge of discomfort from being in the company of history's greatest mass murderers like Stalin and Mao?

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    2. No, it hasn't worked because there are still far too many crackheads, gang-bangers, and freeloaders around. Maybe we need to redouble our efforts.

      Why do conservatives feel that social misfits who arrive here by immigration should be deported while those who are born here have the right to stay?

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  7. I am a rarity - I am pro-choice (within limits) but anti-RVW. I don't think abortion is ever a good thing or a thing to be celebrated. But overturning RVW would not make abortion illegal. It would send it back to the States where it always belonged. Some would allow it. Others wouldn't. RVW was a travesty that was the precursor to the shredding of the Constitution we have seen ever since. On our current course, one day everything will be illegal except abortion. (And maybe smoking pot)

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    1. In a "Progressive" society, every action is either mandatory or prohibited. The only thing you don't have is free choice.

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    2. I think the shredding of the constitution began with Wickard v. Filburn, in which our black-robed masters decided that the federal government could fine a farmer for planting wheat for his own use on his own property because the federal government can regulate commerce between the states. (If you think that makes no sense, you are right, and understand why it shredded the constitution.)

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