[Marxism] Re: [PEN-L] Kerry Could Appoint Anti-Abortion Judges

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri May 21 13:16:52 MDT 2004

Yoshie Furuhashi wrote:
> Will liberal feminist organizations such as Planned Parenthood,
> NARAL, and NOW continue to give the Democratic Party a blank check?

Why not? If this didn't stop them, nothing will.

The New York Times
October 23, 2003 Thursday

Bill Barring Abortion Procedure Drew on Backing From Many Friends of Roe 
v. Wade


Senator Blanche Lincoln, Democrat of Arkansas, considers herself 
decidedly in favor of a woman's right to abortion. "I'm about 99 percent 
pro-choice," she says.

On Tuesday, she voted the other 1 percent.

Ms. Lincoln was among 17 Democratic senators, many of them strong 
advocates of abortion rights, who voted to ban the procedure that 
critics call partial-birth abortion. Their votes were not a surprise: 
most had voted to forbid the procedure several times before, as had many 
abortion rights proponents in the House.

Still, it was those lawmakers' willingness to defy abortion rights 
groups, a crucial Democratic constituency, that allowed Congress to pass 
a bill that will ban a specific abortion procedure for the first time.

For many of those senators, the issue was sealed years ago when abortion 
opponents coined the term "partial birth" for a procedure that doctors 
call intact dilation and extraction. Critics of the procedure described 
it in terms so gruesome and detailed that many lawmakers who otherwise 
support abortion rights already felt compelled to vote against it when 
the issue repeatedly came before Congress during the Clinton administration.

So by Tuesday, when the Senate again considered passage of a ban, the 
last step before sending it to President Bush for a signature that is 
assured, the die was already cast.

Some Democrats who voted in favor, like Ms. Lincoln, said they felt that 
they were reflecting the views of their constituents. Some, like Senator 
Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, said the procedure was morally repugnant.

Others, like Senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota, the minority leader, 
said that after eight years of divisive debate, they were ready to get 
the matter out of Congress and into the courts. Advocates of abortion 
rights say they will challenge the measure in court as soon as Mr. Bush 
signs it; they contend that the ban is unconstitutional because it lacks 
an exception for the health of the pregnant woman and, they maintain, is 
overly broad.

"The time has come to move on," Mr. Daschle said on Wednesday. "I have a 
lot of misgivings about this bill. I have initially opposed it because I 
didn't think it took into account the need for women's health 
adequately. But I also believe that we've got to address this issue and 
let the courts decide whether it's constitutional. In my view, the vote 
yesterday just moves that process forward."


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