Roe v. Wade
has been held up as the Holy Grail of reproductive rights politics for over a generation. NARAL has been so terrified that a case might get to the Supreme Court where Roe
can be overturned that they've sat by quietly while personhood amendments and ultrasound requirements and other onerous restrictions on abortion have been put in place in an increasing number of states. At this point, Roe
is largely symbolic. It really only exists as a benchmark protecting the arguably more important decision, Griswold v. Connecticut
, which is next in the crosshairs of the misogynist right.
Most of Barack Obama's base is pretty damn disappointed in him. Some of the disappointment is like that of a child who didn't get the pony he wanted. Some of it is legitimate outrage at Obama's continuation of much of the Bush Doctrine in the Middle East and at his coddling of the banks. It's easy to be disappointed in him and insist that it really makes no difference who is elected in November.
Except that it does. If Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg both retire, the next president will make two appointments. It's pretty clear that if Willard Rmoney is president, we'll see two Scalia/Alito clones. We've already seen what happens when an ideological court puts its own agenda ahead of the Constitution. Citizens United
may very well allow the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson to buy themselves a president. Imagine two more of them.Roe
is just the canary in the coal mine for a slew of potential decisions that will reduce the rights of the individual, the protections of people against a corporate/police state and further concentrate power into the hands of the few. And Willard Rmoney made very clear on David Gregory's Hackity Hack Hack Hack Hack Show
this morning that if he has his way, Roe
will be history:
Well, I don't actually make the decision the Supreme Court makes and so they'll have to make their own decision. But, for instance, I'll reverse the president's decision on using U.S. funds to pay for abortion outside this country. I don't think also the taxpayers here should have to pay for abortion in this country.
Those things I think are consistent with my pro-life position. And I hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution. And it would be my preference that they reverse Roe V. Wade and therefore they return to the people and their elected representatives the decisions with regards to this important issue.
So unless you agree with the wingnuts that the dirty whores deserve to be punished with motherhood they don't want (because that's what it's all really about anyway), then yes, you DO have to hold your nose once again and vote for the lesser of two evils.
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