Thursday, January 31, 2008

LIFE LISTS

Rachael weeping, refusing to be comforted...

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One of the hot button issues every presidential campaign is Roe v Wade, the US Supreme Court decision in 1973 that effectively compelled all states to legalize abortion. The very concept of a court doing this would have horrified the founding fathers, but the decision has stood for 35 years without even being reviewed. Roe v Wade does not legalize abortion in the United States, it requires every state to do so. If Roe v Wade were overturned, this would not outlaw abortion. All it would do is turn the decision on this matter over to the states, something abortion rights activists fight at every possible turn. Why? Because it's easier to convince five judges appointed by mostly left-leaning governments to go your way than over half the population in each of the fifty states.

Let's say Roe v Wade was overturned by an enlightened court - one we're not likely to see in our lifetimes. What would happen? Well Human Events magazine online has had two columns in which they list the top ten most pro-life states (states that would almost certainly outlaw abortion at least to some degree) and the top ten least pro-life (states that would not change the abortion laws, except to maybe make it easier).












PRO LIFEPRO ABORTION
1. Michigan1. Oregon
2. Louisiana2. California
3. Pennsylvania3. Connecticut
4. Texas4. New Jersey
5. Kansas5. Vermont
6. South Dakota6. Hawaii
7. Mississippi7. New Hampshire
8. Arkansas8. Iowa
9. Oklahoma9. Alaska
10. Virginia10. New Mexico

The results are based upon Americans United For Life's annual lists, which are compiled by examining state laws and efforts that year. For example:
AUL’s criteria cover each state’s treatment of all life issues, but the final ranking depends largely on each state’s enactment of prudent and well-supported laws that fence in the abortion license granted by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade. Among the laws that AUL looks for are informed consent, parental involvement for minors, abortion-clinic regulations and limitations on the use of public money for abortion.
If Roe v Wade were finally thrown out as bad law, eventually I would guess at most 5-10 states would outlaw abortion except in extreme circumstances, and maybe 20-30 would do so in at least some circumstances. Most states would examine the date at which abortions were considered legal (it's pushing a few weeks before birth at present).

cluelessThe United States is not unique in the world in legalizing abortion, even Scotland has done so. To some, this is a sign of advancement and civilization: murdering unborn helpless babies shows you're enlightened. Why, to oppose the brutal slaughter of innocent children is being like the Taliban! To others like me, it shows we're barbaric, regressive, and heading in a very evil direction.

Whoever is elected president in 2008 will not be as strong as President Bush on this issue, and will not select judges who'll be inclined to reexamine the 1973 decision. In fact, they're almost certain to pick someone who would support it, either out of a sense of "moderation" or ironclad ideology. So the status quo will remain for decades longer as we continue to kill about 4,000 babies a day.
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