Sunday, January 23, 2005

Roe v. Wade 32 years ago...

Maureen Turner of the Hartford Advocate describes the most glaring evidence of Bush's intentions:
"In 2003, he signed the so-called partial-birth abortion act, the first piece of legislation since the Roe decision that makes an abortion procedure illegal. He's also pumped hundreds of millions into questionable abstinence-only sex education programs, while choking support for more comprehensive family-planning programs; nominated aggressively anti-choice candidates to federal courts and government positions; killed funding for international health programs that focus on reproductive issues; and supported other measures that limit reproductive freedom."
More on the status of the partial-birth abortion act.

Still Our Rights.
Still Our bodies.
Still Our Choice.


Blogger Kartar said...

Roe v. Wade is lot more complicated than that though. It's an issue that actually divides a lot of conservative voters. He'd have to be very, very careful not to alienate Republicans who aren't of the Christian Right. Polling on abortion issues in the US still suggest 60-70% of Americans support abortion rights. Stacking the courts is one thing - overturning Roe v. Wade? Hmmmm. That'd be risky.

5:15 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Agreed Kartar.
As a population, Americans are largely pro-choice.
American Views on Abortion
Situation Should Be Legal
All or Most Cases 57%
Save Woman's Life 88%
Save Woman's Health 82%
Cases of Rape/Incest 81%
Physically Impaired Baby 54%
End Unwanted Pregnancy 42%
D&X/Partial-Birth Abortions 23%
Pregnancy is 6 Months+ 11%

Often pro-choice people will qualify their position when it comes to late-term abortions or for reasons of 'lifestyle choice.'

I am concerned about what the President believes he has a second-term mandate for.
My impression is pretty much whatever he wants! His past record (as a Governor and a President) has not been supportive of Choice.

Bushism of concern:
"I realize the imperative of acting fast before lame-duck status takes hold. I'm going to come out strong after my swearing-in. After that, I'll be quacking like a duck."

I am convinced that the precedence that Roe v. Wade set is shakier than it has ever been...

9:06 pm  
Blogger Norma said...

Abortion for any reason at any cost at any time during term is fast losing support among Americans, and it isn't President Bush.

9:20 pm  
Blogger weezil said...

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9:30 pm  
Blogger weezil said...

Norma, far as I know, abortion on demand at any point in gestation has never been policy in the USA- how could it lose support?

Bushies have got a pretty big head on about this purported re-election.

* 50.1% is NOT a mandate
* 70% of American women support choice

I wouldn't be taking long odds on the bet that support for reproductive free choice will ever fall in the USA, whether I was a bookie or a politician.


9:36 pm  
Blogger suki said...

So, if it's not President Bush then who is it?

Are you saying that abstinence and promise-keeping is working?
Are you saying that condoms and other forms of contraception are accessible and reliable?
Are you saying that rape and incest is on the decline?
Are you saying sperm swim slower in 2005 and eggs are hiding?

Back up your comment.

9:39 pm  
Blogger Beatrice Perale said...

Sorry I'm just being nosy here. You describe yourself as bilingual. What's the other language? (I'm guessing English is one)

7:38 am  
Blogger weezil said...

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1:07 pm  
Blogger Zoe said...

Hi Suki

can you tell me where you got those excellent posters at the end of your post? I'd like to put them up permanently at my blog.

Some disturbing things on the radio this morning about the abortion "debate", which I will look into more and write about.

Cheers comrade!

9:34 am  
Blogger Zoe said...

I've linked to the one at your site, so don't go changin'!

9:55 pm  

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