Thursday, March 15, 2012

Republicans Need To Stop Acting Like Democrats

The government wants to mandate what sort of medical care you have to have?  That's a Democratic sort of thing.  From the March 14, 2012 Idaho Statesman:
Idaho stepped closer to requiring women to undergo a fetal ultrasound before terminating a pregnancy, joining states including Virginia and Texas where abortion opponents are hoping the measures will cause women to reconsider abortion.
Boise Sen. Chuck Winder's legislation cleared the Senate State Affairs Committee Wednesday on a 7-2 vote, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposing.
About 240 people packed an emotional two-hour hearing, and rhetoric was hyperbolic on each side. Critics compared the bill to laws favored by extremists such as the Taliban. And advocates said their opponents were as bad as Holocaust deniers.
I understand the motivation of the proponents; they are hoping that seeing an ultrasound of the "fetal tissue" will cause women considering abortion to reconsider.  There might be a few who will.  But I really don't see that taking the Democratic position--that the government has a right to mandate medical procedures--is terribly wise.  It cedes an important philosophical position to the left.

For Democrats who are angered about this intervention into private medical decisions: your President has already decided that it is properly the government's job to order people to have health insurance, as well as what sort of medicines must be covered by private health insurance.  You clearly do not have a principled opposition to the government intervening in private medical decisions; this is just upset that it will make abortion more expensive, or discourage some women from doing so.  As the punch line of the old joke goes: "We've already established what you are.  We're just haggling about the price."

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  1. I disagree.

    The government is mandating the provision of information to a person about a medical procedure they are about to voluntarily undertake. The ultrasound is not a "procedure" in the sense of altering in any way the body - it is a measurement.

    Certainly it would be better to outlaw some or all abortions, but SCOTUS made that impossible with the execrable series of decisions starting with Griswold.

  2. Actually, they are mandating a procedure separate from and earlier than that normally required.

  3. "Republicans Need To Stop Acting Like Democrats "

    And Democrats should stop acting like Republicans, i.e. they should return to the old small government Democratic ideal that existed before FDR.

  4. A large number of crisis pregnancy centers (who do not do or refer women for abortion) do provide ultrasounds to women who agree to them. A large number decide to keep their babies or give them up for adoption as a result of viewing the images...not just a few. "A 2005 survey by Care Net, a network of about 1,000 antiabortion pregnancy centers in the United States and Canada, based in Sterling, Va., found that "72 percent of women who were initially 'strong leaning' toward abortion decided to carry their pregnancies to term after seeing a sonogram." "
    Bob Perkins, Austin, TX

  5. I am actually surprised that the percentage would be that high. I would love to see the details of that survey. If the survey was taken of those who had gone to Care Net facilities, then I have to wonder how seriously they were considering an abortion.