Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Don't be fooled about Roe v Wade

Former Minnesota Senator and current Romney surrogate was speaking in Beachwood, Ohio today.  The above video is his claim that Roe v Wade would not be endangered under a Romney presidency.  To support his claim, he says "President Bush was president eight years, Roe v. Wade wasn't reversed. He had two Supreme Court picks, Roe v. Wade wasn't reversed. It's not going to be reversed."

This is, of course, pure bullshit.  For starters, Romney's website says that "he believes that the right next step is for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade".  It's also important to consider the make-up of the Court.  Bush's two Supreme Court picks were to replace Rehnquist, who was on the Court when Roe v Wade was decided and wrote a dissent, and to replace O'connor, which made for four justices who are for eliminating Roe.  Those four (Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito) are of course still on the bench.  So it would only take one more for Roe to be overturned.  As previously discussed, there's a pretty good chance, given the ages and health of the justices, particularly Ginsburg and Kennedy, that there will be another nomination to make in the next four years.  If Romney's in office, which way do you think it's going to go?

This is something that moderate/undecided voters need to think about.  It's fine to vote for Romney as a way to push for lower taxes or less regulation or whatever.  But you can't separate his views/policies.  If you vote for his tax plan, you also vote for his abortion plan and his views on other social issues.

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