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Roe v. Wade
  • Ann Coulter Is Desperate for More Attention from You

    Ann Coulter used to make me angry. Then she made me laugh. Now she just makes me yawn.

    The Daily Caller recently published a list of ten "shocking" things in Ann Coulter’s book Demonic (Ed note: Demonic!) that will (supposedly) drive liberals crazy.

    Most of them are predicated on the assumption that the reader is ignorant (or in denial) that the Republican Party usurped the Democrats' Dixiecratic voting bloc several decades ago ("The GOP has always been the party supporting civil rights, not the Democratic Party"). Others are weird exercises in pretzel logic ("Democrats are anti-science"). Some seem kind of like the ramblings of a schizophrenic ("Liberals are not a part of the American tradition").

    Have you been driven crazy yet?

    If not, this one might help. It's the one they save for last, and that's because it's definitely the best. And by "best," I mean "Ann Coulter is obviously a very sad person who is desperate for attention"…

    "But more important, abortion clinic violence should not be filed under 'Political Violence' at all. It should be filed under 'Things Liberals Won’t Let Americans Vote On.'… When there is no legal process for pro-lifers to pursue to outlaw abortion — unlike every policy liberals violently protest — some pro-lifers will inevitably respond to lawlessness with lawlessness," Coulter writes. "In the first few years after [Planned Parenthood v. Casey], about six more people were killed in attacks on abortion clinics. Most of the abortionists were shot or, depending upon your point of view, had a procedure performed on them with a rifle."

    ¨There were no more constitutional options left to fight judicial tyranny on the little matter of mass murder,¨ she concludes.  ¨Thus, abortion clinic violence is more akin to the Tiananmen Square protests in Communist China than any liberal riot in America. Want to stop violence at abortion clinics? Repeal Roe and let Americans vote.¨

    Sigh. So, now it's come to this? Coming out as a apologist for domestic terrorism? (You know, joking about the murder of innocent people isn't normal, but on media attention withdrawal it is!) All this just in the hopes that you'll please pay her a little bit more attention. Get mad at her! Call her stupid! Call her names! Say whatever you want, just please please please don't forget about her.

    Look, here's a blog post. That should hold her over for a few minutes.

    (via Little Green Footballs)

    Tags: Abortion, Ann Coulter, Books, Conservatives, Democrats, Liberals, Republicans, Roe v. Wade, Terrorism
  • Congressional Battle Over Health Care Reform to Be Rebooted as Supreme Court Battle Over Health Care Reform

    Oh, good! I was hoping that this circus wasn't over yet

    Justice Stephen Breyer predicted Thursday that the Supreme Court will one day pass judgment on this year's health care overhaul.

    Breyer told a congressional panel that the massive health care law, like most major federal legislation, is a good candidate for high court review.

    More than a dozen Republican attorneys general in several states are determined to challenge the law in federal court, arguing that its requirement that Americans get health insurance is unconstitutional.

    This will be stressful, but there is a silver-lining. It will be nice to get a definitive decision on this issue and just move on as a country with no hard feelings or sustained, embittered, decades-long social battles.

    Just like with Roe v. Wade.

    Tags: Abortion, Health Care, Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court
  • Daily Show and Colbert Report on Souter's Retirement

    As you've no doubt "heard" by now, President Obama "used" the word "empathy" in his press conference about "replacing" outgoing Supreme Court Justice David Souter. And we all "know" that "empathy" is a "code word" for "activist judge." Well, "President" Obama isn't the only "one" who can use "code words," if you "know" "what" "I" "mean," "and" "I" "think" "you" "do."

    More from The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert's take can be seen after the jump.

    The Daily Show and Colbert Report air Monday through Thursday starting at 11pm / 10c.

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    Tags: Aasif Mandvi, Abortion, Barack Obama, David Souter, Jon Stewart, Roe v. Wade, Stephen Colbert, Supreme Court, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Video
  • Happy Abortion Day, Everyone!

    Today, on the 36th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's historic Roe v. Wade decision, that everybody go out tonight and have an unwanted pregnancy.

    Our new president may be too busy gutting every last vestige of the Bush administration to join us, but he did take the time to offer the following statement

    On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose.

    While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and families in the choices they make. To accomplish these goals, we must work to find common ground to expand access to affordable contraception, accurate health information, and preventative services.

    On this anniversary, we must also recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights and opportunities as our sons: the chance to attain a world-class education; to have fulfilling careers in any industry; to be treated fairly and paid equally for their work; and to have no limits on their dreams. That is what I want for women everywhere.

    As a side note, have you ever stopped to consider how silly the term "pro-life" is?

    Okay, if Roe v. Wade stated that all pregant women had to get abortions, then, yes, people opposed to it — which would be almost everybody — would be appropriately labeled as "pro-life." And people supporting it would be "anti-life."

    But that's not what Roe v. Wade states. It states that a woman should have the right to choose to terminate her pregnancy for whatever reason she sees fit up until the point that it is "potentially able to live outside the mother's womb, albeit with artificial aid. Viability is usually placed at about seven months (28 weeks) but may occur earlier, even at 24 weeks."

    In that sense, supporters of Roe v. Wade are correctly identified as "pro-choice."

    And people who oppose it — i.e. do not believe that women should be allowed that choice — should be identified as "anti-choice."

    How the one side ever managed to get everybody to go along with their nonsense "pro-life" name is ridiculous. And how Republicans — who almost uniformly could be considered "anti-choice" — are still ever allowed to pretend that they're the protectors of personal freedoms without getting laughed out of the room is even ridiculouser.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court
  • Sarah Palin Has Heard of a Supreme Court Case

    Here's the good news: Sarah Palin has actually heard of — and presumably understands — that there was once a Supreme Court case filed as Roe vs. Wade, as evidenced by an as-yet un-aired portion of her nightmare interview with Katie Couric. That's something, right?

    The bad news is that's the only Supreme Court case she's heard of

    The Palin aide, after first noting how "infuriating" it was for CBS to purportedly leak word about the gaffe, revealed that it came in response to a question about Supreme Court decisions.

    After noting Roe vs. Wade, Palin was apparently unable to discuss any major court cases.

    Jeeze. I'll bet she fumbled around verbally in an adorably funny and folksy way like she always does…

    There was no verbal fumbling with this particular question as there was with some others, the aide said, but rather silence.


    That's kind of way worse.

    Tags: Katie Couric, Roe v. Wade, Sarah Palin, Supreme Court