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October 16, 2008

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Stray Yellar Dawg

Another excellent essay, Heidi!

Keep up the good work! We are down to the wire now... and we have to keep fighting.

ainnj

"But what ultimately I believe is that women in consultation with their families, their doctors, their religious advisers, are in the best position to make this decision."

Oh really mr. obama?I am the one in the best position to make that decision, not my doctor, not my family, not my "religious adviser" (isn't that his label for wright by the way?) and most assuredly NOT YOU!!! WHAT IS IT ABOUT A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE THAT IS SO DIFFICULT FOR ANYONE TO UNDERSTAND???

Marsha McLean

Heidi, Absolutely. Using Roe v Wade to frighten women into voting for Obama is like the Republicans using 9/11 to frighten people into voting for them. Neither is a good reason to vote for either Party.

Here is a good reason to not vote for Obama. He talks eloquently about "new politics" yet at every turn and with every opportunity he practices new standards of the "old politics".

I cannot and will not vote for a man who has no integrity.

Runa

Heidi,
You are spot on!
That portion of an otherwise lackluster debate absolutely stood out - when Sen Obama described a "commitee" approach to abortion.

So this is what it is down to : a choice between a candidate who openly states that he is against the right to choose and a candidate who pays only lip service to a woman's right to choose.Neither of the two cares a jot about women's issues

Dakinikat

Heidi, I'm so glad you're in the position to train the folks who fight for rights in this country. Your arguments demonstrate clarity and reason that few minds possess. I'm proud to be on the same side and happy because I can always rely that you will provide the most cogent arguments possible when I have to stand up for those positions. I just pray daily you carry on with that inner strength and beauty and that you continue to share it with us.

kat

RIChris

Roe v. Wade is no longer definitive of women and their rights, reproductive or otherwise. If it should be overturned, the states WILL implement something else to take its place.
The Democratic Party uses this, against women, as a scare tactic in much the same way they have been lying to minorities about the evils of the Republicans. Unfortunately, these teachings of victimization have worked far too often in the past for both groups.

A-Will

". . . And I think that the Constitution has a right to privacy in it that shouldn't be subject to state referendum, any more than our First Amendment rights are subject to state referendum, any more than many of the other rights that we have should be subject to popular vote."

I have a limited knowledge of our constitution, but I am fairly certain it does NOT contain a "right to privacy" provision. The right to privacy is a judicial right, not a constitutional right. Didn't he teach constitutional law? Hmmmm. Scary.

alice

Hear hear!

It's a good time to revisit John Roberts:

http://www.reclusiveleftist.com/2008/03/14/do-feminists-for-obama-understand-what-the-hell-this-guy-is-about/

Obama was all for nominating Roberts -- he respected Robert's intellect, you see -- but a staff member reminded him of his political ambitions for the presidency.

That's what stopped him. And he brags about this on his website.

In short: anyone who argues for BO as the pro-choice candidate is nothing more than a fool.

gonzotx

Obama is pro anything that will get him elected. If he thought it would help him to be against Roe vs Wade he would turn on a dime.

I remember when women DID have to go to a Psychiatrist and get an OK in WI before you could have an abortion, as if you must be crazy to be considering it. I am not for States having the right to regulate this, but I know in my heart Obama could care less about Women's rights. His treatment of Hillary is testament to that. I will never forget the 3am text...

Miley

This is really an amazing post. I saw a section of it online and clinked on the link afraid it might not be as powerful all the way through but it was really something. Thank you for writing this. It needed to be said and you said it beautifully. NoBama!

SergeiRostov

". . . And I think that the Constitution has a right to privacy in it that shouldn't be subject to state referendum, any more than our First Amendment rights are subject to state referendum, any more than many of the other rights that we have should be subject to popular vote."

I have a limited knowledge of our constitution, but I am fairly certain it does NOT contain a "right to privacy" provision. The right to privacy is a judicial right, not a constitutional right. Didn't he teach constitutional law? Hmmmm. Scary.

Posted by: A-Will | October 16, 2008 at 01:27 PM

Many Constitutional scholars do in fact believe that it contains a right to privacy based on two things:

First, the Fourth Amendment - "the right of the people to be secure in their persons houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures...";
Second, the Constitution doesn't contain the word "privacy" because, at the time it was written, that word was used to mean "going to the bathroom"; the word used then which comes closest to what we now call "privacy" is "liberty", which does appear in the Preamble ("...secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity...").


kcowley

Wow Heidi, you have outdone yourself! Noting the Obama's lack of a litmus test is so very perceptive. The "committee of consultants" immediately irritated me, thanks for putting it to words. Guess you got my email, thank you for resolving my question!!

shutterbug_sf

Great article~

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