The Virginia State Senate voted yesterday by a 20-20 vote (tie broken by Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling) to require the abortion clinics in Virginia to be regulated like hospitals. Democrats and women's rights advocates were not thrilled, as they expect the regulatory rules to result in the closing of a number of the clinics. Richard Saslaw, a Democrat from northern Virginia, reacted angrily to the vote, stating that "It's abortion... it isn't about women's health."
In fact the effort to regulate abortion clinics was a thinly veiled effort to end abortion in the state through regulatory means, since the votes to end it by legal means were not there. This from Republicans who hate regulations in every other case. Regulate payday lenders? No. Regulate the mortgage industry? No. Regulate gun sales to insane people at gun shows? No. Regulate abortion clinics? Yes.
I realize that these are politicians who basically conceive of abortion as baby murder, okay. But I am reminded perversely of the WMD thing that got us into Iraq. Do you remember that, back in 2002? The Bush administration rightly concluded that there was inadequate public devotion to regime change in Iraq, so a careful campaign was undertaken to portray Saddam Hussein as the Best Bud of Osama Bin Laden, and to portray him as possessing a massive arsenal of WMD weaponry targeted at the USA. No substance to either accusation, and it was quite clear at the time that there was no substance to the accusations. But GWB got his way. And guess what, things that start with a lie, do not end well.
SO- the lie here is basically- "we are going to regulate abortion clinics for the safety of the women who use them." Okay, show me the dead bodies of the women who received faulty medical care at abortion clinics. You don't have any dead bodies? Gee, why am I not surprised. It's not about the women, it's about their six week embryos. And in the meantime, I remember all the election promises, we are going to focus like a laser on fiscal and employment issues, this is not about breathing new life into the culture wars.......