by Gary Boatwright, Wed Nov 03, 2004 at 05:37:57 PM EST
If Bush appoints two more conservative justices, Scalia, Rhenquist and Thomas will have a majority to overrule Lawrence v. Texas linked text and states will be able to make gay sex illegal again.
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Why should Democrats continue fighting to support gay rights?
I think the same question can be asked about partial birth abortion. Why should Democrats continue letting themselves get beat up in elections for a fringe issue that affects less than 2,000 women per year?
I haven't seen a good factual or medical case made for partial birth abortion. I suspect there is a case out there somewhere. If Planned Parenthood and other supporters of partial birth abortion are unable to make a strong factual and medical case that is comprehensible and acceptable to the general public this may be another fringe issue that we have to discard.
For example, 2000 partial birth abortions per year is a guess. I suspect it is somewhat accurate. Earlier this year or late last year Ashcroft attempted to supoena the records of a Planned Parenthood clinic to get records that would show how many partial birth abortions were necessary to save the life of the mother. Presumably the rest would be for the purpose of preserving the health of the mother.
I completely agreed with the court decision not to give Ashcroft access to the records. But I sure would have liked to know what the real statistics were. I follow these issues fairly closely and I don't have a clue. Why should the general public support partial birth abortion if we can't give a coherent factual reason to support it?
These are two examples of issues that are extremely easy to demonize and politically costly to defend. What I am suggesting is that if the activists on these issues are not able to carry their weight we should consider throwing them overboard until they can. This is a sink or swim political environment and it's time to discard some of the deadwood.
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