Thursday, November 06, 2003

Rights and Reason: Partial-birth abortion

I received this in an e-mail from the Republicans:

President Bush today signed into law the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 to end the abhorrent practice of partial birth abortion. The legislation signed by the President helps continue to build a culture of life in America and will reaffirm a basic standard of humanity the responsibility to defend the vulnerable and weak. As he signed this important legislation the President said, "By acting to prevent this practice, the elected branches of our government have affirmed a basic standard of humanity, the duty of the strong to protect the weak. The wide agreement amongst men and women on this issue, regardless of political party, shows that bitterness in political debate can be overcome by compassion and the power of conscience. And the executive

With the President's signature, the ban on partial birth abortion is now law, but as the President said in his remarks there are those that would like to see the courts overturn it.
How many package deals do we have here? There is the package deal about the "culture of life" and "basic standard of humanity" which ignores the right of the mother to her own body and presumes that sacrificing the life of the mother to the life of the unborn fetus is pro-life. There is the package deal about the "duty of the strong to protect the weak" which assumes that women who have abortions are vindictive attackers and that their fetuses have rights in the first place. And then their there is the package deal about "compassion and the power of conscience" which says to grant rights to potential life at the expense of existing life is a benevolent and moral act.

This is garbage. As one of those that would like to see the courts overturn the late-term abortion ban, I only hope that the courts show more respect for Constitution's protections of individual rights that the Congress and the Executive.

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