Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Barbourous ones: Mississippi, abortion, and the rise of the anti-choice right

Just in case you weren't quite sure just how serious conservatives are about restricting a woman's right to an abortion to the point of an all-out ban, consider what's going on down in Mississippi, that Barbourous bastion of darkness:

Republican Gov. Haley Barbour said Wednesday that he likely would sign a bill to ban most abortions in Mississippi if it's approved by lawmakers.

The state already has some of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. The bill that passed 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.

First South Dakota, now Mississippi. This is why it matters that a hardened right-winger like Alito is on the Supreme Court in place of a pragmatic moderate like O'Connor.

Here's what I wrote back in January: "I still think that Democrats would benefit from the overturning of Roe insofar as the Republicans would finally be exposed for what many of them are, which is rabidly and unapologetically anti-choice -- but is that a risk worth taking? I suspect not. America -- and American women -- would hardly benefit from such bitter divisions."

Well, they're exposing themselves in Mississippi and it's likely that they'll continue to do so in statehouses and governor's mansions across the land.

Be prepared. Take action. Demand that abortion rights be protected from the clutches of the Barbourous ones.

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  • Abortion is all but illegal already in many of the dark corners of this country (like Mississippi) due to the lack of doctors and clinics who provide them. This is a bigger fight than just the Supreme Court (although if this fight is not taken on, the misery will spread), it is about making it a real priority, a right worth fighting tooth and nail for. I never would have thought that I would be fighting for my right to control my own body in the 21st century. In a word, sad. Deeply and profoundly sad.

    By Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door, at 12:46 AM  

  • Barbourous bastion of darkness.

    A very nice turn of phrase. And a very scary reality.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:48 PM  

  • I don't know that the right to choose is strong enough to pull together a momentum to win an election. It's a single issue and one that so many people are divided on. The don't understand what's at stake.

    Do we have any conservative judges coming up for retirement that a liberal President would be able to replace once a new ruling is in place.

    By Blogger A Girl From Texas, at 5:36 PM  

  • Well, there may be conservative judges in the federal courts that will soon be coming up for retirement, but the problem for us is that there has been a concerted effort over a generation to develop conservative judges and to place them on the federal benches. These judges tend to be quite young. Even on the Supreme Court, Roberts and Alito will be there for a long time to come.

    Thank you, Matthew. I liked that one myself!

    LGND, I share your concern. I agree with AGFT that abortion alone won't be enough to win an election, but given how closely divided the country is a small shift one or the other can make all the difference.

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 7:01 PM  

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