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Thursday, November 04, 2004

Okay, But Listen...

I'm not so worried about Roe.

I know that a couple of SC justices are precariously teetering between this world and the next. I know that this administration manipulated a fundamentalist Christian agenda to gain power and that, given the opportunity, they might appoint ultra-conservative justices or promote Scalia, etc. It seems reasonable.

Almost.

The Republicans have been milking pro-life sentiment for politcal leverage for years. They don't want to lose that advantage. Roe v Wade is too valuable a political tool for the GOP. Like the War on Drugs, they don't really want to win it: It brings in too much money and support.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a good point that I hadn't really thought about. I'm not so sure, though, that they wouldn't see a bigger boost if they "won" that issue and moved on to new things. For example, even with the passage of all these bans on equal right to marriage, that's an issue that will only get bigger. As court challenges come up they can rally support against all of us gay marriage supports who are out here trying to turn the impressionable young christian boys gay. With the celebration they could have overturning rvw they could start pushing for taking care of all of us heathens which would be a bigger and even more expensive fight. Then they could outlaw the shaving of beards and revealing clothing. They could start destroying unproved religious idols and artifacts. They could have training camps for learning how to take care of the unbelievers.

... I'm pushing what I really believe could happen, for the sake of being extreme... I think we can fight this stuff.

-Ben

5:00 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Somewhere I read the suggestion that the Republicans won't refrain from reversing Roe vs. Wade because right behind it is Griswold vs. Connecticut. They could get rid of abortion and then turn birth control into their moral battle du jour. Birth control turns women into promiscuous hussies, dontcha know. We gotta save their souls, and the souls of the poor men who fall victim to their evil, evil seductions!

6:25 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

I don't think they'll overturn Roe vs. Wade because the freedom of reproductive choice has gotten too entrenched in American culture. However, I expect them to ban D&X abortions nationwide as quickly as they can rustle Rehnquist out of his robes. And they'll probably require things like 24-hour waiting periods, parental consent forms for anyone under the age of 18, pamphlets that are packed with the "truth" about abortion, like its much-touted--and much-discredited--link to breast cancer. (Facts schmacts.)

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What they're going to do--I betcha--is find a way to not overturn Roe, but send it back to the states. That way, it (a) gets on each state's ballots, like SSM, and (b) thus energizes the bigoted base to come out and vote. Every gay-basher interviewed, just about, also mentioned abortion. What better way to make sure they come out and vote again? Get ready for a big-ass fight, people. Because you know what? "No Surrender" was always one of my favorites, and it's going to be a useful theme.

4:35 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

all interesting theories, but I stand behind my original statement. :)

9:07 AM  

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