Tag Archives: Abortion

The Healthcare Mandate Contradiction

Virginia’s proposed law to require an invasive vaginal ultrasound before any abortion conducted in the state blissfully lies in ruins, the product of Governor McDonnell’s attempt to run away from the more extreme wing of his party, and back to comfortable territory from whence he can seek a vice presidential nomination. But leave it to […]

Mississippi Does the Right Thing for Once

Mississippi voted down a constitutional amendment to declare that fetuses are persons as of the moment of conception. Good! Remember, these sorts of things are just all kinds of unconstitutional. Congratulations then to Mississippi’s taxpayers, for avoiding the inevitable, expensive, necessary, but avoidable litigation that would’ve resulted.

Compelled Speech & Abortion: Two Wrongs…

Here’s a “pro-life” victory we can celebrate, even if it inures to the benefit of some of the worst organizations known to man. A “crisis pregnancy center” is essentially a missionary outpost masquerading as a clinic. Designed to lure vulnerable women — resolved to seek an abortion, or as-of-yet undecided about how to respond to […]

Glimmers of Intellect from Mitt Romney

It’s intensely interesting that candidates have to play dumb to get votes in the Republican what-passes-for-a-primary-so-far. But read this statement by Mitt Romney, on why he won’t sign a “pro-life pledge”: The pledge also unduly burdens a president’s ability to appoint the most qualified individuals to a broad array of key positions in the federal […]

The Agreed-Upon Evil of Targeted Abortion

One of the National Review’s writers goes apoplectic over a television episode where the characters — though avowedly pro-choice — blanche at the prospect of targeted abortion, used to eliminate undesirable traits rather than in general family planning. Apparently there’s some contradiction between supporting “abortion on demand,” but posing moral limits to its application. In […]

Constitutional Decisionmaking: How Roe Undermines the Right’s Attack on Judicial Review

The National Review offers a poll-based rebuke of the position that the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade came too soon, and prevented rather than preceded widespread public acceptance of a woman’s right to choose. This is actually a popular position on the left, especially in the academy; some others of us, famously […]

Today in Futility

Ohio, and Mike Huckabee, endorse a ban on abortions keyed to the fetal heartbeat, generally manifesting at six to seven weeks. The only problem? It’s clearly unconstitutional, as it imposes an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to choose. A finding of an undue burden is a shorthand for the conclusion that a state regulation […]

What Boehner’s Caucus Can’t Do

If he can’t do it now, he never will. The beauty of Speaker Boehner’s cave — agreeing to continue funding Planned Parenthood and “ObamaCare,” as of this 11 PM, early report — is that it describes the parties’ negotiating posture in all other high stakes conflicts likely to arise. Here’s what we know: the GOP […]

It’s Not About the Deficit

Nor has it ever been. It’s about wounding the President, and scoring some culture war victories along the way. Once again, the Republican Party fails to be serious where it really counts.

The Empowerment of Abortion Restrictions: Freedom is Slavery?

Yesterday, I found myself in the bizarre situation of debating abortion (and by extension, the importance of contraception) with someone who’s never had sex. I, uh, have? Without attempting to state a per se rule, it seems like people making decisions about others’ reproductive rights should speak from a place of experience — the more […]