Thursday, October 16, 2008

Why can’t pro-choicers be honest about “health?”

During the abortion question back and forth at last night’s debate John McCain said the following in response to Barack Obama’s claim he would support a late-term abortion ban if it had exceptions for the life and health of the mother.
Again…just again, an example of the eloquence of Senator Obama, health (indicates air quotes) of the mother. You know that’s been stretched by the pro-abortion movement to mean almost anything.
This quote has been attacked by various pro-choice bloggers.

Cara at the Curvature writes, “Women’s health is so trivial to McCain that he can’t even force himself to spit out the word with a straight face. Considering the health of women when discussing the issue of abortion is ridiculous to Senator McCain, something he sees as the “extreme pro-abortion” position.”

Nicole Belle at Crooks and Liars says, “And that's when McCain proved how heartless and clueless he is.”

Jed L. at the Daily Kos thinks it’s proof that McCain “really is crazy.”

NARAL has even come out with a commercial.

Unfortunately, none of these bloggers or NARAL has actually taken the time to show what “health” means with regards to abortion. Because of Doe v. Bolton , “health” exceptions for abortions include “all factors -- physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman's age -- relevant to the well-being of the patient."

That is an extremely broad definition of health and as Senator McCain stated during the debate it can “mean almost anything.” McCain wasn’t trying to dismiss pregnant women who have actual physical health concerns. McCain was merely pointing out that the definition of health with regards to abortion doesn’t really mean anything at all and when Barack Obama says he supports a late-term abortion ban with health exceptions what he really supports is a meaningless late-term abortion ban which wouldn’t prevent a single abortion.

These are the facts of what “health” means with regards to abortion. Why doesn’t a single one of the pro-choicer bloggers linked to above mention this?

Are they completely ignorant or just exceedingly dishonest?

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