Friday, April 23, 2010

Obama Uses Abortion As A Litmus Test

But, not in a good way:
Surprise. President Barack Obama will name a supporter of legalized abortion to the Supreme Court to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens. Meeting with reporters at the White House April 21, Obama employed one of those rhetorical sleight-of-hands for which he’s famous, saying he’d have no “litmus tests” for the Supreme Court — and then announcing one.

It’s this: the nominee must be someone committed to women’s “ability to make often very difficult decisions about their own bodies and issues of reproduction.” Translated from the code language common on such matters these days, that means someone committed to uphold Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision which for the first time ever legalized abortion in the United States. Surprise. Continue reading.
Unfortunately, this isn't a surprise.

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