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Thursday, February 23, 2006

south dakota made abortion illegal today


South Dakota became the first U.S. state to pass a law banning abortion in virtually all cases, with the intention of forcing the Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 decision legalizing the procedure.
The law, which would punish doctors who perform the operation with a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine, awaits the signature of Republican Gov. Michael Rounds and people on both sides of the issue say he is unlikely to veto it.
Look, I'm a man. From any reasonable bystander's viewpoint, I have no stake in this. I'm not a Christian either, but I'll tell you right now that I value life way more than these sick fucks of the American Taliban who want nothing more than to codify their ideology and let the religious police loose to round up the heathens.

I'm not going to rehash any constitutional argument. Redd at FDL broke it down better than anyone else I've read today. The only two cents I want to throw in here, at least from a tangential legal perspective, is that these pigs made it known loud and clear that they don't give one good god damn about our Constitution and the Settled Law of the Land (at least as our Chief Justice opined during his confirmation.) But we knew that already. The American Taliban hates the freedom our Constitution (viz. the Supreme Court) grants all of us, and this is just the latest and most disgusting blow.

You can read any number of great blogs about this latest assault on the Constitution from the religious right.

Let's turn our attention to Harris Miller, our "Old Testament kind of guy" "democratic" candidate for Senator from Virginia. He said:
"I would have voted no on Sam Alito, because he doesn’t support the Madisonian idea that Congress is a coequal branch."
The question is: would he have voted for cloture on Alito's confirmation or would you have allowed an "uppirdown" vote? Would he have really stood up for his Madisonian idolatry and filibustered Alito?

I'm going to go with what he said here, and that's that he "would have voted no on Sam Alito," not, remarkably, that he "would have done everything possible to stop Sam Alito's confirmation."

Undoubtedly the only reason the Christo-fascists in South Dakota brought this issue up is because they knew that if their law was challenged, the current makeup of the SCOTUS would view the law favorably. That is, because Alito's seat on the Court ensures Roe's overturn when it finally is challenged, the Constitution-hating totalitarian fuckwads who want to insert themselves into your PRIVATE LIFE AND BODY saw their Golden Opportunity.

It's what Jesus wants.

The real question is: Is this also what Harris Miller wants?

If he would have voted for cloture to end debate on Alito's confirmation, then the answer clearly is yes. I'm really curious to know if this "Old Testament kind of guy" is Old Testament-y enough to hang with the cool kids like Little Ricky "I take dead babies home to show my kids" Santorum and James "a father should show his penis to his son and make him talk about it" Dobson.

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