Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Equal Time for the Left

Shame on Senate Democrats. Shame on the party of Bill Clinton who famously said abortion should be "safe, legal, and rare." Perhaps they only believe in the "legal" part of that trio, afterall? State restrictions involving parental notification are well-established as being within constitutional bounds under Roe and Casey. However, although Democrats reject states' rights in all other forms (including the very decision of whether abortion should be legal in a state), suddenly those same Senate Democrats are gung-ho for a state's self-determination when it helps promote abortion by using state lines to avoid otherwise legal restrictions on children having abortions.

From Bob Novak's latest column linked above...

Public signs of rare bipartisan cooperation on the superheated issue of abortion last Tuesday proved an illusion, when the Democratic leadership blocked a bill to strengthen state restrictions.

Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, sponsor of a bill prohibiting transportation across state lines to avoid a state's parental notification or consent laws, worked out one amendment with liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer of California. Such a bill had passed the House many times, but never before won Senate approval. The 65-to-34 vote was approved by 14 Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (but not Boxer).

However, when a routine motion was made to send the measure to a conference resolving differences with the House bill, Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin objected. Since polls show 80 percent national approval of this kind of legislation, Ensign has called for public pressure against Democratic obstruction. If that does not work, attempted parliamentary maneuvers would be long and difficult.

I can't believe this issue is even under consideration. So let's see: You can't drink until you're 21. You can't own a gun until you're 18. You can't drive a car until you're 16. And we're not concerned about the deprivation of individual freedoms because we as a society have to protect our children. But when it concerns getting an abortion, let us not treat a child like, say, a child! Are you crazy? You should be able to have an abortion anytime you want. Just tell Mom that you're going to Jenny's house for a sleepover and you get your little butt across that state line. The good doctor will then take of you and nobody will ever know it happened.

Except maybe your conscience and God. But who cares about them anymore? And so the great tragedy of our time continues.


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