Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Abortion, Revisited

SO somehow I got on the mailing list of the National Organization for Women, and despite my best efforts, I keep getting emails from them. Last week the (mostly male) Supreme Court upheld the Federal Abortion Ban on partial birth abortions. This was a very important decision, as it is essentially the first step towards completely removing a woman's right to choose.

According to the email I got, the women at NOW are planning a "national call in day" to support the "Freedom of Choice" act.

Ladies - I have a suggestion for you. Why don't you also call Nancy Keenan over at NARAL (202.973.3000) and tell her thanks for fucking you over by endorsing Lieberman instead of Ned Lamont, who was deemed to be "too progressive".

Lieberman, whose predicable spinelessness and staunch refusal to carry out the will of the people, was instrumental in getting Alito past the senate. The last time this was in front of the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor was sitting, and she voted against this decision. Thanks to Lieberman, Alito replaced the retiring Sandra, and now we are where we are.

The SCOTUSblog has some pretty good analysis, but heres the summary:

In the course of her dissenting opinion, Ginsburg accused the majority of offering "flimsy and transparent justifications" for upholding the ban. She also denounced the Kennedy opinion for its use of "abortion doctor" to describe specialists who perform gynecological services, "unborn child" and "baby" to describe a fetus, and "preferences" based on "mere convenience" to describe the medical judgments of trained doctors. She also commented: "Ultimately, the Court admits that 'moral concerns' are at work, concerns that could yield prohibitions on any abortion."

Joining Kennedy in the majority were the Chief Justice, and Justices Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. With Ginsburg in dissent were Justices Stephen G. Breyer, David H. Souter and John Paul Stevens. Thus, Alito's replacement of retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor made the most difference in turning the Court around from its 2000 decision in the Stenberg case. O'Connor was in the majority in that decision, as were the four dissenters in this new decision.

Well done, you stupid fucks, grats on Step 1 to getting Rov v. Wade overturned.


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