Thursday, April 30, 2009
Most think that the Court is currently divided 5 to 4 in favor of upholding Roe v. Wade and a Constitutional right to abortion (Justices Scalia and Thomas are sure bets against Roe, and Roberts and Alito, I hope, would vote to overturn Roe). Souter is one of the five pro-Roe justices, so replacing him with another pro-Roe justice won't alter the balance on the Court. But it will put a (probably) young, probably very pro-Roe justice on the Court for perhaps the next few decades.
It will be interesting to see how far left the president chooses to go with his first nomination, and how the Senate will react in the confirmation hearings. Here's one early prediction for Obama's nominee -- a "scary liberal," of course.
- Filling numerous high-level positions with pro-abortion radicals, including the recently confirmed HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (perhaps the most pro-abortion governor in the United States).
- Overturning the Mexico City Policy, thereby diverting taxpayer dollars to overseas organizations that perform and promote abortion around the world.
- 50 million dollars sent to the United Nations Population Fund involved in coerced abortions in China; UNFPA had appropriately been stripped of U.S. funding under George W. Bush in accordance with pre-existing U.S. law.
- Overturning federal funding limits on embryonic stem cell research, allowing millions of taxpayer dollars to be used on research that requires killing young human beings for their useful parts.
- Announcing plan to overturn a Bush directive enforcing conscience protections for health care professionals who do not want to perform abortions.
Still to come on the agenda for President Obama and his allies:
- Stem cell research legislation (possibly soon) that would allow federal funds to be used for research with human embryos created by cloning, specifically for the purpose of being killed for research.
- Health care "reform" (probably this summer) with mandates that all insurers cover abortion on demand, and which will also likely result in the rationing of care and lead to euthanasia for the most vulnerable.
- Attempts to rid appropriations bills of pro-life provisions, like the Hyde Amendment prohibiting federal funding of most abortions, known to save many lives from abortion.
- Federal judges and Supreme Court nominees utterly committed to the idea that the Constitution requires a nationwide policy of abortion on demand (Obama has already begun with nominee David Hamilton).
- Ultimately, the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), the pro-lifer's worst nightmare.
Interestingly, last night the president was asked about FOCA. He promised during the campaign that signing FOCA would be the "first thing" he'd do as president, but now he says FOCA "is not my highest legislative priority." Reuters and Jill Stanek have more.
The president also said he had been "consistent" in his position on abortion. "In fact, it is the only position thus far that has not come with an expiration date," notes Erick Erickson. I think, given political and pragmatic considerations, Obama's presidential actions to date are exactly what one would expect from someone wholly, unequivocally opposed to respect and protection for human beings in their earliest stages of development.
Dave Andrusko at NRLC reflects on Obama's first 100 days, and Jill Stanek carefully tracks Obama's "100 days of death."
Update: In commenting on the first 100 days, the Susan B. Anthony List notes that Obama has already accomplished 10 of 15 goals laid out for him by abortion advocacy groups in a December report.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I attended the campus event Wednesday night offering two perspectives on the abortion issue. During the question and answer period, I asked Dr. David Baram, representing the pro-choice side, to point to some morally relevant difference between unborn humans and humans who have already been born, such that we may kill the former but not the latter for the same reasons.
Rather than answer my question, he repeated a line he had used throughout the evening: “Abortion is a woman’s decision.”
But this commits a logical fallacy known as begging the question — it assumes the very point Baram needed to prove. Clearly, it is not “a woman’s decision” to murder her toddler; the question at hand is whether the unborn, like the toddler, deserves full moral respect and ought not to be killed for the convenience or benefit of another. Baram’s answer was “no,” but he never offered an argument for this position — not through the entire debate.
It is disappointing to see Baram — and, it seemed, the vast majority of his pro-choice debate cheerleaders — relying on such intellectually superficial rhetoric. It is not worthy of academia.
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives today refused to ban taxpayer funded abortions. In separate votes, members of each chamber voted down legislation to ban taxpayer funded abortions, which cost taxpayers $1.58 million in 2007.
“State lawmakers failed to correct the abortion industry’s egregious misuse of taxpayer funds,” said MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach. “Voting to force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions is not a middle-ground position for any lawmaker; it is extreme.”
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Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) today gave high marks to the Minnesota House and Senate for banning public funding of human cloning. The House today voted 71-60 to pass an amendment virtually identical to the Senate’s Apr. 17 voice vote to outlaw taxpayer funding of human cloning.
“The Legislature has wisely ruled it unconscionable to fund the cloning of human life,” said MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach. “MCCL is pleased that state lawmakers have established a clear ethical boundary which upholds the integrity of the human embryo and opposes the commodification of the human body.”
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