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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The End of Innocence

It may be missed with the messes the Bush administration are trying to coverup, but today was an important day. Now is the time to fight back. Today the Supreme Court decided to hear an appeal on partial birth abortion. Plus South Dakota passed a bill outlawing all abortions except in cases where the mother's life is in danger. So say goodbye to your reproductive rights women unless we act. Just a reminder next presidential election when someone says it really doesn't matter who's president - would Gore or Kerry have nominated an Alito?

And Digby is once again spot on. It's not about the innocence of the unborn child. It's about the innocence of the women.

As the country careens toward a supreme court showdown on Roe vs Wade, I just have to point out that columnists like EJ Dionne are full of shit when they say that most members of the right to life movement care more about a the taking of an innocent life rather than wanting to control a woman’s reproductive systems. They may think that’s what they care about but if that were true 81% of Americans, including many who call themselves "pro-life," wouldn't believe that abortion should be legal in case of rape or incest.I hate to point out the obvious but children who are conceived in rape or incest are just as innocent as those who are conceived because birth control failed. The difference is not in the relative innocence of the children --- it’s the "innocence" of the woman. Most people believe that she should not be forced to bear the child of her molester, her relative or her rapist. And I think it’s fair to assume that they think this because they believe that the pregnancy wasn’t her “fault."

Here's the original article.

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