POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Hirshman (Washington Post): a vote for McCain is a vote to overthrow a woman’s right to choose

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 28, 2008

Linda Hirshman writes in today’s Washington Post …

  • John McCain opposes abortion (and a woman’s right to choose), believing that life begins at conception. Imagine that McCain is elected  and, not long after, one of the aging Supreme Court justices dies or resigns. President McCain appoints a suitably conservative replacement, and a complaisant or cowed Senate confirms the nomination.
  • Well, that wouldn’t be so bad, you may think. Some states (or even cities and counties) will offer abortion, and others won’t. Women will just have to go to New York or someplace else if they want or need to end a pregnancy.
  • The difference today is that some states with criminal abortion laws will almost certainly also forbid their residents to cross state lines to obtain an abortion.
  • Moreover, a Supreme Court that reversed Roe could also rule more broadly that the fetus is a person under the Fourteenth Amendment. Such a ruling would be the flip side of Roe, making state support of abortion a constitutional offense.

LMW COMMENT: Some women we’ve spoken with don’t seem to be concerned (or don’t know) that John McCain and Sarah Palin, if elected, intend to overthrow Roe v. Wade. Any woman (or man) who cares about a woman’s right to choose and votes for John McCain is making a foolish decision. If you know people who are so inclined, you should read this article and send it to them. They need to know the implications of such a vote for McCain-Palin.

Read the entire article at … http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/26/AR2008092602833.html

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2 Responses to “* Hirshman (Washington Post): a vote for McCain is a vote to overthrow a woman’s right to choose”

  1. Lew Weinstein said

    They may deny it, but they’re wrong. If McCain is elected, he will appoint Supreme Court justices who will vote to overturn.

  2. Ilene said

    The problem is that they deny it would be overthrown and that the rights would ultimately revert back to the States.

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