Thursday, December 12, 2013

Elections sure do have consequences

Many Catholics voted for Barack Obama despite his support for abortion-on-demand. After all, they told us, he's so good on Social Justice issues.

Many Catholics voted for Democratic senatorial candidates despite their support for abortion-on-demand. After all, they told us, they're so good on Social Justice issues.

Having predicted the end of the world a few years ago if Republicans altered the Senate's filibuster rules to allow President Bush's bench nominees to be confirmed, Democrats did exactly that last month, when faced with filibusters or threats thereof against President Obama's nominees. Republicans backed away from this so-called "nuclear option" in 2005. Democrats welcomed it in 2013.

The Catholics who re-elected President Obama enabled him to nominate the astonishingly pro-abortion Cornelia Pillard to the District of Columbia's Circuit Court. arguably the most influential Federal Court of Appeal in the country, since cases which concern the White House and the federal bureaucracy get heard there first. Little issues, like the HHS mandate, for example.

Then those Senators whom Catholics elected despite their pro-abortion record changed the Senate rules and confirmed Ms. Pillard with a bare majority of 51 votes, when it would formerly have taken 60.

So now, you good Catholics, we all have a new lifetime judge among whose milder pronouncements is this:
Antiabortion laws and other restraints on reproductive freedom not only enforce women’s incubation of unwanted pregnancies, but also prescribe a “vision of the woman’s role” as mother and caretaker of children in a way that is at odds with equal protection. Renewed attacks on abortion have turned attention to how the Equal Protection Clause, and the right to sex equality more generally, might advance reproductive self-determination.
She's also completely opposed to abstinence-based sex ed.
The abstinence-only approach is permeated with stereotyped messages and sex-based double standards about acceptable male and female sexual behavior and appropriate social roles. Public school teaching of gender stereotypes violates the constitutional bar against sex stereotyping and is vulnerable to equal protection challenge...
Catholics might want to remember that abstaining from sexual relations is exactly the Catholic Church's teaching on preventing unwanted pregnancy. Too bad that there's now a majority on the D.C. Circuit (it used to be evenly split between Democrats and Republicans) that thinks the Church's teaching is an affront to human rights.

And so the red tide of abortion will roll on, at a million dead children each year in the United States alone.

But I'll bet Ms. Pillard is so good on Social Justice issues...

2 comments:

Campaspe said...

Good Points. And don't get me started on Katherine Sibelius! What bothers me is that our children, male and female, are not being taught that it's OK to say "no," that it's your right to say "no," but they are also not being taught how to say "no." Why is date rape a problem? Because girls (and guys) get themselves into situations that they don't know how to control because they're not being taught that certain kinds of behavior, yes, and dress, can get you into major trouble. I knew someone who was gang-raped when she was 13. She was all alone on a lonely road, and she was dressed in sexy clothes with a lot of makeup. She told me (at age 42) "I tell those young girls that it matters where they are and what they look like."

Bob said...

Sadly, that last lesson seems a very hard one to get across. Way back in my college days (Noah was still working on the Ark), two rapes of very lightly-clad female students, walking alone late at night, took place on my southern California campus. When I opined to some friends that women could lessen their chances of assault by dressing less provocatively, one told me that it didn't matter what women wore, because rape was a crime of anger, not of passion. I thought then, as I do now: what a triumph of theory over experience!