- Nov 22, 2003
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I'm for a woman's right to 'choose':
Rudy And Abortion
I'm one of the few people who doesn't have strong opinions about abortion. I have opinions (I'd like to see a world in which we have none, but I'm not sure that the government should be involved), but no candidate's position on it is going to be a deal breaker for me, either way. But, as I said, I'm one of the few, and to many people it matters a lot, which is one of Rudy Giuliani's biggest problems. As it happens, my biggest problem with him is his apparent indifference to the Second Amendment.
But for those to whom abortion is a deal breaker, I ask: what does a president have to do with abortion? What difference does it make what he thinks about the issue?
Well, the obvious rejoinder, from both pro and anti whatever, is that he appoints Supreme Court justices.
OK. Well, here's the thing. I know that it's tough to do for a lot of people--it actually requires some sophisticated thought, but one has to divorce Supreme Court decisions from their real-world consequences. That is, the court doesn't rule on whether or not things are good ideas, or even moral. They (at least in theory) rule on whether or not they follow the law, and are in accordance with the Constitution. It is about process, not result.
I know that this will be hard to comprehend, but it is quite possible to believe that abortion is wonderful, that every woman should have at least one, and still believe that Roe v. Wade was a judicial travesty. Similarly, one could believe that abortion is an ongoing genocide, and think Roe great, if one is inclined to want judges to find imaginary rights in the document. My position is that, regardless of one's position on abortion (including mine) that it was a mess. I also agree with the notion that it is something that should be decided politically, and that many legislators on both sides were relieved when the Court made up a new law out of whole cloth, because it relieved them of the responsibility of having to make any decisions on it, for which they might be held politically accountable....