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Saturday, October 02, 2004

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monday

I'm writing to the womens' rights bloggers that I read, hoping to raise the profile of the real message behind George Bush's "Dred Scott" reference in the Missouri debate on Friday.

A lot of people were (rightly) amused when George Bush cited the 1857 pro-slavery case as an example of what is wrong with "judicial activism." However, something didn't sit right with me, especially since it was obvious the president was coached to give this answer. It smelled like the case was a codeword.

So a little bit of research on Google showed that to be the case. At the same time Bush was saying he was against judicial "litmus tests," by citing the 'Dred Scott v. Sanford' case, he was also sending a signal to anti-abortion groups that he actually DOES have a judicial litmus test: the overturning of 'Roe v. Wade.' Since the nineties, I found, 'Dred Scott' has been used rhetorically as a signal for 'Roe'.

I'm trying to get people to talk more about this duplicitous use of rhetoric, especially since Bush was clearly talking out of both sides of his mouth. The profile on this needs to be raised by bloggers especially, considering the threat to the Supreme Court balance over the next 4 years.

Since the White House wants to keep a low-profile on this, let's not oblige them, eh? Shout it out. Here is a quick analysis of this:

http://stygius.typepad.com/stygius/2004/10/update_george_b.html

ms. frizzle

I just finished reading a book called The Choices We Made - interviews with mostly well-known people who tell their abortion stories. The stories cover the range, from illegal to legal to self-induced, for every imaginable reason. And one thing that struck me was that nearly everyone in the book says that when they became pregnant, they KNEW that abortion was the only option. There are a few interviewed who really struggled with the decision, but far more who never considered anything else because they were so sure they could not be good parents at that time, and could not bring a baby to term for adoption because of the social stigmas and other reasons.

kaete

i think it's so important to acknowledge the fact that there are TONS of women who have absolutely NO regrets over choosing abortion, who don't feel ashamed or guilty or at all badly about exercising their right. thank you for this entry.

one of my favourite sites is imnotsorry.net, which gives women a forum to express their positive experiences with abortion.

Julia

Speaking of speaking out, I thought you might want to read this article. I'm the unnamed Julia. I left out my full identity because I have to be reasonable about the dangerous people out there who might attempt to express there opinons via fire bombs. http://www.fwweekly.com/issues/2004-08-04/metropolis.asp

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