Friday, July 4, 2008

Our Barry-O Stepped Right In It On "Choice."

The other day he announced his 'nuanced' position on his previously widely hyped and admired stand as member of the pro-choice camp.

"Nuanced," in this case, meaning "flip-flopped," or perhaps "betrayed," as with FISA, the death penalty for rape, etc...

He still believes a woman should be able to get an abortion (at a sufficiently early stage of pregnancy, at least), but he has gone on record as regarding the "woman's emotional health" to be insufficient threat to health to permit such a procedure to occur. Via RawStory:
"Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says "mental distress" should not qualify as a justification for late-term abortions, a key distinction not embraced by many supporters of abortion rights.

In an interview this week with "Relevant," a Christian magazine, Obama said prohibitions on late-term abortions must contain "a strict, well defined exception for the health of the mother."

Obama then added: "Now, I don't think that 'mental distress' qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term."

Last year, after the Supreme Court upheld a federal ban on late-term abortions, Obama said he "strongly disagreed" with the ruling because it "dramatically departs form previous precedents safeguarding the health of pregnant women."

The health care exception is crucial to abortion rights advocates and is considered a legal loophole by abortion opponents. By limiting the health exception to a "serious physical issue," Obama set himself apart from other abortion rights proponents.

The official position of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group that endorsed Obama in May, states: "A health exception must also account for the mental health problems that may occur in pregnancy. Severe fetal anomalies, for example, can exact a tremendous emotional toll on a pregnant woman and her family."
So I've got a question for men--like Barry-O--who want to withhold permission for a woman to have an abortion (well, okay, I've already got a problem there; but let me continue) because the reason for seeking the procedure is as "trivial" as emotional distress.
The question is:
Do the women in your lives know with what transparent distaste and revulsion you regard them as moral creatures? Do your wives, mistresses, daughters, mothers, sisters, etc. realize that you regard them--all of them potentially--as casual murderesses, Medeas-in-waiting, plotting to kill off their progeny out of some immoral motive (Medea's was revenge, but boredom apparently will serve)? Do they know how much you detest, distrust, and devalue them?

Or do they just not see it? Do you select for bovine reproductivity and docility?

How can they not know the extent of your revulsion?

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