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The Tally Ho

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

"The most effective response to Roe is not to pretend that it does not exist."

More fallout on the South Dakota abortion ban, with some unexpected arguments on both sides:

The National Review argues that the recent SD legislation is actually misguided in the fight to take Roe down. (The title quote is from that article, entitled "Costly Gestures".)

Meanwhile, the DCeiver argues that the best thing PP could do is not present a legal challenge to the SD ban. DCeiver makes a persuasive argument, though in the final analysis I disagree. (See quote above.)

Bitch. Ph.D points out that the NYTimes.com is letting men frame the abortion debate, particularly when they're skeptical/dismissive of choice issues. Perhaps I should be spending more time on the LATimes.com instead.

And leading the category of "strange and outrageous", the Kaiser Daily RH notes that Amazon.com has finally removed the search engine feature that asks, "Did you mean 'adoption'?" when users enter a search for "abortion". First, thanks to them for presenting a bias-less search. Second, why was that "correction" there in the first place?


  • As an avowed sectionalist, I wouldn't mind seeing Roe overturned, as it would put the issue before the voters. In the United States, that is, the Kerry states plus a few misguided midwestern and western states, abortion rights would be protected, while in Jesusland (a/k/a those states we'd be better off without), abortions would be restricted, but not completely outlawed (except here and there).

    I say, let states compete for citizens - because the smart ones stay out of the Hurricane zones and Tornado alley.

    On the other hand, overturning Roe would be a disaster for women's rights in Jesusland - but let's face it; arent' women's rights already considered un-Christian and communistic in Jesusland?


    By Blogger Stockton & Tweed, at 4:58 PM  

  • Do nothing, yes that's the answer.

    Unforetunatly, those of us from other states have very limited resources to express our dismay to the leadership of South Dakota.

    I donated to planned parenthood, wrote to the governor and legislators but now what?

    In my search to do something active, I am banned all products from South Dakota, putting my money where my mouth is, so to speak.

    I just started compiling a list of good manufactured in SD, which is harder than I thought it would be.

    By Blogger Ban South Dakota, at 4:59 PM  

  • I have heard Tweed's response before, as well as from two other points of view. The first is that the current youth take the rights they have for granted and losing them will bring about more support. The second was that if Roe was struck down that the left can focus on poverty and not get caught up in wedge issues. Both of these sound like nothing more than playing with fire.

    Tweed's comment made me think of about something I heard a few weeks ago. That before the SCOTUS took up the Roe case most states were widening abortion rights, not actively restricting them.

    By Blogger Wells, at 8:06 PM  

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