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  •  No, No! No!! NO!!!!!!!!! (none)
    It's not to regulate women's sexual conduct. It's to regulate poor and working class women's sexual conduct. The wealthy will still take a trip to the continent, should they ever succeed in outlawing abortion here. This is about raising the bar for abortion, nothing more.

    It's a damned shame. It's not a War on Choice. It's class warfare, pure and simple.

    vote early - vote often

    by wystler on Mon Jan 24, 2005 at 10:53:28 PM PST

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    •  Bifurcation (none)
      It's very important to understand the difference between the James Dobson and the Bill Buckley branches of the Republican Party.  I can assure you the former (which are largely the footsoldiers of the party) emphatically want to give Constitutional rights to fertilized eggs.  [Remember that it costs a lot of money to have in vitro fertilization.  Most of them would not be bothered if it shut down fertility clinics.]

      The latter, though, are the ones who see it like the parent -- we can just go to France or Denmark for abortions.  The rude awakening will be when Congress makes it illegal to travel across state lines for an abortion.  When Griswold is gone, you'll be repulsed at what will be required at the airport....

      •  It's Understood (none)
        Granted, the footsoldiers are true believers. Nonetheless, access to abortion will still be available to the well-heeled. (not that it's a good thing) No matter what law passes, the ability to regulate ends at the border.

        vote early - vote often

        by wystler on Tue Jan 25, 2005 at 08:52:50 AM PST

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        •  Interesting question (none)
          That is a point; the Bourse Right (we'd call them Wall Street, but...) would emigrate en masse, women first, to Europe?  They'd be arrested if they tried to return, so they could ask for amnesty from the US.  Turn the country over to the Dobsoners but pull all the money out first -- that does sound like a Corporatist solution.
          •  They Wouldn't Be Arrested (none)
            Waddya mean, equal justice?? Haven't you paid enough attention to cocaine prosecutions over the last quarter-century? The wealthy would go to morals school at worst, while the other class of women either choose abstinence, barefoot pregnancy, or back-alley abortion & prison ...

            vote early - vote often

            by wystler on Tue Jan 25, 2005 at 10:17:11 AM PST

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