Friday, June 16, 2006

Louisiana abortion

I am glad to see Louisiana actually showing some initiative on the abortion issue. Granted, this law is pretty meaningless, it only takes effect under one of two circumstances: 1) the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade, 2) the federal gov’t allows the states to decide the issue for themselves. What are the chances of either one of these things happening? Zero. Congress can’t even agree on the definition of marriage, so there’s no way they’ll agree on perhaps the most inflammatory issue of our time.

But, like I said, at least Louisiana is doing something. Most politicians avoid this issue like the plague. One thing I don't like is this whole "danger to the mother" thing. Again, I challenge anyone with a medical background to detail any situation where an abortion is absolutely necessary to save someone's life.

My guess is "danger to the mother" will be used by the other side to apply to psychiatric dangers. In other words, there may not be any actual health risks for someone to carry a baby to term, but there may be significant psychiatric risk...and that's how people will begin to justify abortions from a medical standpoint.

We'll see.

Anyway, kudos to Louisiana for the symbolic gesture. Now if they can only get rid of Ray Nagin.

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