Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Been swamped with Old Sixth Ward stuff. The Mayor is polling people yet again about Historic Preservation desires. Not a worry, we are quite comfortable with our level of support. It is simply time consuming. Virginia Tech has been an unhappy diversion. I'd rather be dealing with neighborhood than consumed with sadness.

Most news stories that our government wants hidden gets a release date of Friday afternoons. Lost emails? send a release at the end of the week. Government official lied - it'll never make it to Friday happy hour conversation if you release the info late enough in the day. That is sort of how I feel about the Supreme Court releasing their Carhart ruling. It is horrible. I am waiting for the day that SCOTUS overturns Roe v Wade and makes all abortion illegal. In the mean time, I like David Crary's opening sentence:
NEW YORK -- The Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that bans a particular abortion procedure will encourage anti-abortion forces to push for an array of other restrictions in legislatures across the country, activists on both sides of the issue agree.

There was a clinic blockade in Pennsylvania on Good Friday. Do I think there will be more? Hmmm, what does Operation Rescue think? Here's what Crary wrote:

"The time is now right to launch aggressive legal challenges across America to abortion on demand," said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. "The court has now said it's OK to ban procedures. We can do more than just put hurdles in front of women seeking abortions - we can put roadblocks in front of them."

Well, isn't that lovely. And what is forecast for the future? Did the Republicans NOT get the message in November?

Peter Brownlie, executive director of a Planned Parenthood branch serving Kansas and Missouri, said he expects many bills to be introduced by anti-abortion lawmakers in both those states, but he wondered how centrist lawmakers would react.
"We can anticipate a slew of bills that will aim to pry open the window that the court opened today," Brownlie said. "But that will be happening at the same time as we're seeing a clear shift in public opinion around politicians meddling in health care and private medical decisions. We'll see some interesting collisions as we go into an election year."

Politics will no doube be interesting this November and next...

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