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Softballs for Scalito

JACKSON, Miss. Mar 1, 2006 (AP)– A state House committee voted to ban most abortions in Mississippi, which already has some of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.

The bill approved by the House Public Health Committee on Tuesday would allow abortion only to save the pregnant woman’s life. It would make no exception in cases of rape or incest. The bill now goes to the full House, which could vote next week, and then to the Senate.

South Dakota lawmakers passed a similar bill last week that was intended to provoke a court showdown over the legality of abortion.

The wingnut move to ban all abortions, even in the cases of rape and incest, is at least logically consistent. If you believe that a blastocyst is a baby, then killing that baby is immoral even if its father was its grandfather or a rapist. It wasn’t the baby’s fault that half its genetic material came from a degenerate criminal. The only logical position is allowing only the killing of the baby if it is bound to kill the mother. After all, that’s kind of like the death penalty for manslaughter (the baby killing mom without malice or negligence), and we know how the “pro-lifers” love the death penalty.

Of course, I completely disagree, but at least it’s consistent. I’ve always looked askance at so-called pro-lifers who supported abortion in the case of rape or incest. Seems to me that position underscores the fact that were talking about the termination of a pregnancy in order to spare the mother a fate she does not choose… something we pro-choicers have been saying all along.

But then again, expecting consistency from a constituency that can believe two completely contradictory creation accounts (Genesis Chapters 1 and 2) — and claim they are both inerrently and literally true — is a fool’s errand, indeed.

In an oddly perverse way, though, I’m enjoying these red state legislatures serving up softballs for Scalito. Man, his ass cheeks hadn’t even warmed the bench before they lob a few strike zone pitches right over the middle of the plate in an attempt to overturn Roe v Wade. Gotta hurry before everyone finally wakes up to the criminality of BushCo Int’l (a division of The Carlyle Group), impeaches the bastard, and his successor and a post-2006 Democratically-controlled Congress fill the next couple of vacancies with rational 21st century humans.

Well, I hope that’s what happens, anyway. Otherwise, Griswold v. Connecticut (right to birth control for unmarried women) and Lawrence v. Texas (right to private consensual “unnatural” sex acts) are next.

[Cross-posted, of course, at Radical Writ]

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