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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Petulant Politics

So I've been thinking a lot about the idea of setting a timeline for withdrawal in Iraq, and I think that the Dems are really doing this wrong. The administration is right that if we set a formal official timeline, then that just gives the insurgents a finish line to strive for. I for one know I can keep up on things far better when I know there's a time that it ends. Heck, it worked for a year and a half of time in Los Angeles. So, no, believe it or not I agree with our president on something. Freakish, eh?

However, yesterday our president said, that he rejects "Washington politicians trying to tell those who wear the uniform how to do their job". After last week's ruling on the abortion ban, I think Bush should take some of his own advice. I strongly reject Washington politicians (and the court they stacked) telling doctors (who are far better educated than soldiers) how to do their job. Do you really think that the average person having a partial birth abortion is doing so because they just forgot to use a condom and don't want to have a baby? And if that much is true that they've also found a doctor that will facilitate that behavior? It's the most unlikely edge case. The more likely scenario is where something is terribly wrong with the baby or the mother and the pregnancy has to be terminated, usually involving a lot of heartbreak for the parents. Why, oh why, would politicians ever ever ever need to be involved in such a personal and painful medical decision. It should be between a woman and her doctor and possibly the father, and absolutely no one else.

4 Comments:

  • http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=acS96GYoDsYc&refer=home

    By Blogger Christyn, at 1:06 PM  

  • Here's my problem -- I think leaving on a fixed timeline is probably a recipe for disaster. But, I have no faith whatsoever in Bush's ability to avoid disaster even if we stay. So unless anyone has any bright ideas on how to get new management of the war RIGHT NOW....

    By Blogger dirk, at 7:36 PM  

  • http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=acS96GYoDsYc

    That's just fear-mongering propaganda. Abortionists have alternate methods of infanticide at their disposal.

    The more likely scenario is where something is terribly wrong with the baby or the mother and the pregnancy has to be terminated, usually involving a lot of heartbreak for the parents.

    Nonetheless it remains true that the specific method of partial-birth abortion is never medically required. If you can deliver the baby, you can deliver the baby.

    It should be between a woman and her doctor and possibly the father, and absolutely no one else.

    Shouldn't the baby have a say?

    By Blogger Michael, at 1:55 AM  

  • A partial-birth abortion is a three day long process and would never be a medical procedure a doctor would need to use to protect a woman's health: "The way you end a pregnancy to save a woman's life is to deliver …. If you wait three days to do a partial birth abortion, she's going to end up in the morgue."
        — Dr. Anthony Levatino, a Las Cruces, New Mexico OBGYN who performed abortions in New York.

    By Blogger Michael, at 11:45 PM  

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