Carol Platt Liebau: The "State" of Abortion in the USA

Monday, September 26, 2005

The "State" of Abortion in the USA

Here is an interesting survey showing the pro-choice vs. pro-choice numbers in all the states. Judging from most of them, the left's hysteria over the death of "choice" in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned is, to put it mildly, significantly overstated. (HT: BenchMemos).


Blogger cookie jill said...

Carol -

Unless you know exactly who they asked, the number of people they asked and the exact question they asked and how they asked it, these numbers have no relevance. You can skew any "questionnaire" you want to get the results you want.

And with this corrupt administration's move today, when they should be concentrating on Katrina, FEMA, Rita, oh yeah...and that little thing called the war in Iraq, they had to immediately rush this...

The Bush administration is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a national ban on a type of late-term abortion, a case that could thrust the president's first court picks into an early tie-breaking role on a divisive and emotional issue.

It should be between a woman, her god and her doctor. The Government should have no say in dictating what a woman should do with her medical care.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Carol, I assume you are claiming that because the majority of the electorate in the majority of the states are "pro-choice," according to these polls, that even if Roe is overturned abortion would still be legal in those states. This would be based on the spurious claim that abortion regulation would return to the states.

To put it mildly, this is a load of bunkum. The right-wing of this country have made it abundantly clear that they have no respect for states' rights when it stands in the way of their invasion of citizens' personal matters.

Partial birth abortion? Let's nationalize it.

Completely intrastate medical marijuana? Let's nationalize it.

End of life choices ala Schiavo? Let's nationalize it.

Physician aided suicide? Let's nationalize it.

Given your party's record and the lack of any judicial consistency from your judges (i.e., Scalia and Thomas) on these matters--what gives you the first inkling that the National Republican party isn't going to try and force a national abortion ban if Roe is overturned. That's right, you can't give a guarantee because you know that is precisely the game plan.

Don't play us for fools Carol. You know what the stakes are--why won't you just admit it?

6:52 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I hate the way pro-choice people frame the abortion debate -- it's a woman's medical decision, her body, her health, as if no one else is affected.

Guess what? Someone else is affected. That someone else who is depending on a woman to make sound choices for their very survival. Most of us call them babies, except in those cases where the mother wants to get rid of them, then they are fetuses.

This is not to say that abortion is always wrong, no matter what. I think there are times when it is acceptable, however those times are very rare. And I am not in favor of a national law, as I certainly think we need to be more respectful of states' rights.

I am not here to argue the pros and cons of abortions and when it's okay, blah, blah, blah. I am just offended by the way we ignore the fact that the women who carry these children are not the only ones to be concerned about in this discussion. I guess I am more sensitive about this than usual since I am 8 months pregnant and have felt for several months now that I am the mother of two children, not just the one who has already made his way outside of my womb.

12:48 PM  

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