Tuesday, February 21, 2006

And now it begins

The Supreme Court agreed today to take on the constitutionality of the federal law that bans “late term” abortions.

The last time the Court looked at a similar law, in 2000, it struck it down. Sandra Day O’Connor was the tie-breaking vote on that decision. Now, of course, Samuel Alito has replaced her. The law was struck down, among other reasons, because it contains no exceptions for the health of the mother.

Alito may surprise everyone, but I doubt it. I think he’s made his position clear on abortion rights. This could be the beginning of the end of those rights in this country, as the new conservative majority on the court chips away bit by bit at the freedom women have won over the decades to control their bodies.

They won’t do it all at once, no dramatic overturning of Roe, they may not have the votes for that, even with Alito and Roberts sitting as Chief Justice now. But they will chip away. Already, in some states, there are no abortion providers, the states have made it so onerous or even dangerous for doctors to offer their services. Women have to literally travel hundreds of miles to get an abortion in another state. Many cannot afford that.

Some of the bluer states, like New York or California, may remain havens. But if the national law eventually goes down, it’s just a matter of time before the right wingers start working on the individual state legislatures to battle their laws too.

Ladies, you may as well just send a deed to your uteruses to George W. Bush and the Republican Party. They own them now.


Anonymous said...

you call it abortion "rights", many call it the taking of an innocent life.

Not a hipster said...

Bally, a major sticking point here is the exception for the woman's life. Don't tell me you think it shouldn't include that provision. Oh wait, you probably do.

Anonymous said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, these so-called right-to-lifers are very worried about the fetus, the taking of a life as they frame it, but the minutes it is actually born and becomes a baby, they don't care about it, don't want to be bothered with it. Single mothers? Cut their food stamps, throw them off welfare! She can't afford day care? Too bad.

Anonymous said...

loofa right on. If these conservatves like bally 107 are so concerned about fetuses how about hearing them voluteer to help support these babies when they are born, because a lot of single mothers can't do it on their own. But since Bush took over the paltry help that was given to them has been reduced even more so he can pay for his tax breaks for his corporate buddies.

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