Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Justices Deliver Blow to Defenders of Choice

Today, the highest court in the land handed down its decision on the issue of partial birth abortion--and for those of us who would defend a woman's right to chose to the gallows, it's not good news.

According to Yahoo! News, in a 5-4 ruling, the court found that "the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act that Congress passed and President Bush signed into law in 2003 does not violate a woman's constitutional right to an abortion." This, despite the fact that there is no provision in the law that would allow doctors to perform the procedure to save a woman's life.

This is the first time the Supreme Court has banned a specific abortion procedure, and the right to lifers are over the moon at what they quite rightly see as a firm step in the direction of obliterating abortion rights completely.

Justices Ginsberg, Stevens, Souter and Breyer were in the minority; Thomas, Scalia and Kennedy, along with Bush appointees John Roberts and Samuel Alito formed the majority.

The Yahoo! News article offers a description of what partial birth abortion looks like that will make any feeling person's skin crawl--but that's not what this is about. The point is that the Supreme Court has just found, beyond a doubt, that the life of a fetus is worth more than the life (and liberty) of a woman-- and once that ideology becomes law, as it did today, then it is only a matter of time before abortion is out the window entirely. This is big, big stuff, y'all. It is the turning of the tide--mark my words. And we have everyone who voted for George Bush to thank for it.

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