Friday, February 24, 2006


You've probably heard that South Dakota is about to pass a law banning ALL abortion, with the sole exception of the necessity to save the life of the mother (there is NO exception for rape or incest). The idea is to set up a Supreme Court challenge to Roe v. Wade.

I doubt that such a challenge will be successful, simply because the lunatics in South Dakota have made the law so extreme that even many abortion opponents would reject it.

But the Democrats have got to step up and attack the issue because THEY ARE THE MAINSTREAM on it. MANY people have reservations about abortion. But relatively FEW think it should be illegal. Because making something illegal is NOT the same thing as making a statement that you don't approve of people doing something. It's a statement that you think people should be thrown in jail for doing something.

And we should ask all lawmakers - Republican and Democrat - if they believe that women who have abortions and doctors who perform abortions should be thrown in jail. Because that what it means to make it illegal means.

If the right-wingers want to play games with the abortion issue, force them to say EXACTLY what they mean and EXACTLY what they think should be done about it.

Make them stop playing games.

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