Look, the economy sucks and I want to give the Conservatives a try,
but I don’t want anybody messing with my right to an abortion.
You needn’t worry, because the right to an abortion has been constitutinally protected for over 40 years now, and no politician can take that right away from you. The following Q&As should clarify the politics of this emotional issue:
1. Do you believe that women should have the right to abortion?
Since the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade, women have had the constitutional right to demand an abortion, and no state (nor the federal government) can outlaw the procedure in the first three months. Even the religious right can’t take away the fundamental right.
2. Is the right to an abortion an issue in federal elections?
As to the fundamental right to an abortion, the answer is no.
At the Federal level, the only issues are whether the government should pay for abortions and whether abortion it should be mandated in federal programs such as Obamacare. Many people who support the basic right of abortion, don’t feel so strongly about its federal funding.
Is the government paying for abortions an important issue to you?
Is the issue so important to you that you will support the political left with its handling of the economy and then national debt?
3. What are all these court cases we hear in the news about abortion?
The abortion cases you hear about in the news are federal rulings on state restrictions on abortion. Roe v Wade does not prevent states from placing some restrictions on abortions, and some state legislatures have imposed some restrictions. Sometimes, the courts rule that these state restrictions are so are so intrusive that they violate the basic right to abortion. Keep in mind: the basic right to choose is not at risk, only certain restrictions passed is certain states.
So if you want to fight for abortion rights, the battlefield is at the state (not federal) level and only in states where voters and legislatures have restricted abortion. You might agree with these restrictions, even if you favor the basic abortion right. See the next two questions.
4. If your 15 year old daughter was seeking an abortion, do you think that you should be informed of (or be required to consent to) that procedure?
This is the type of restriction that states try to place on abortions (in this case, parental consent for minors). The federal courts rule on whether these types of measures are so restrictive that they violate a woman’s right to demand an abortion.
To fight against such restrictions, vote for pro-choice candidate for your state legislature.
5. How do you feel about late-term abortions, when the fetus much resembles the human form?
To avoid inflammatory content, we refer those who are interested to internet search the term “partial birth abortion” (WARNING: Don’t do this on a weak stomach). A lot of people who support abortion in the early stages, are not so supportive of late-term abortions.
If you favor late term abortions, don’t vote for the pro-life candidate for the state legislature — it is not a Federal legislative issue.
6. How do you feel about federal funding (using tax dollars) for abortions?
This is one of the few issues concerning abortion at the federal level, and if you strongly feel that tax dollars should pay for abortions,you should not vote for the pro-life candidate. If you oppose federal abortion funding (as most voters) , then the pro-life candidate for Federal Office can not vote against your interest.
7. What if Roe v. Wade is overturned?
This is a federal issue in presidential elections, because of Supreme Court appointments, but since Roe v Wade has been the law for over 40 years, its overturning seems unlikely. If it were to be overturned, states would then have the right to restrict and prohibit abortion within their borders. Majority would rule, and some states would allow abortion, while others would restrict or prohibit it.
Tactics exploiting the Abortion issue.
Nowhere has misinformation and obfuscation so taken over an issue as abortion in the public debate
The Hobby Lobby Case (2014)
The Supreme Court gave a family owned corporation the right to not to pay for certain abortion-like birth control methods in it’s Obamacare-regulated health plan (the plan did provide 10+ other methods). The case was based on a prior law which protects religious freedom.
The Hobby Lobby case had had nothing to do with a woman’s right to access or use these methods (like morning-after pills). It was just about who should be forced to pay for it. Watch for the deceptive use of this case in the upcoming 2014 and 2016 elections.
The Todd Akin Fiasco.
Todd Akin said something stupid about rape in his 2012 US Senate campaign against Claire McKaskill in Missouri. The Democrats and their compliant press pounced on him and most agree he lost the election because of that stupid statement.
Because rape and abortion laws are state-level matters, the U.S. Senate does not touch these issues, so that issue was somewhat irrelevant. Smart voters should determine how a candidate will vote on issues that matter to them, like over-spending and the economy. Because so many people were swayed by his stupid statement, the country got stuck with a total loyalist to the progressive agenda of big spending and big government. How’s that working out for you?
Do you think that those opposing late term abortions
should be labeled “against the right to choose”?