Monday, January 22, 2007

You Forgot a Couple

It seems that "phriendlyjaime" over at Raising Dough ... er, "Raising Kaine," has list a couple of dozen reasons why he/she's "pro-choice." Now, never mind that many address things like rape and incest, "hard cases" which, while horrible, rarely result in pregnancy. Never mind that he forgets about the fact that, in the vast majority of cases, the appropriate time for the exercise of "choice" is when one chooses to engage in the behavior which causes pregnancy. Never mind that his/her criticisms of those opposing abortion on demand are nothing more than caricatures. And never mind that the same people who believe that women should have the "choice" to kill their children in the womb vigorously oppose any efforts to give parents the choice in where and how to educate their children.

It seems that "phriendlyjaime" has forgotten two of the most important reasons why he/she is "pro-choice":

"phriendlyjaime" is "pro-choice" because he/she hates the Constitution, and finds it necessary that unelected judges write their personal preferences into the Constitution in lieu of resorting to that inconvenient process of actually amending the document.

"phriendlyjaime" is "pro-choice" because he/she (probably rightly) lacks the confidence in his/her ability to persuade the majority of Americans and/or legislators of the worth of his/her position.

I am pro-Life, but I would have a lot less contempt for partisans for abortion on demand if they would stop bastardizing the Constitution to achieve their policy preferences. I would have a lot less contempt for partisans for abortion on demand if their "argument" did not rely upon the same kind of "substantive due process" reasoning that earlier generations of Liberals railed against when it was used to strike down economic regulation.

The simple fact of the matter is that, if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade, the issue would merely be thrown back to the State legislatures to decide each State's policies regarding abortion.

Isn't it ironic that so many of those who wax demagogic about their faith in "democracy" have so little faith in their ability to prevail through the democratic process with regard to their commitment to abortion on demand.

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