Liberals are always frightened by diversity of opinion. They think a fair way to decide passionately contested issues is for the federal government to issue uncompromising edicts giving liberals everything they want, and then to suppress all criticism of the edicts. The fascistic order, completely supplanting all democratic processes, is then known as a victory for "choice." As the Grand Inquisitor said in "The Brothers Karamazov": "They have vanquished freedom and have done so to make men happy."
That's what the Supreme Court did in Roe vs. Wade, and has repeatedly done in periodic codicils to its original edict. Just this past term, in Stenberg vs. Carhart, the court expanded the apocryphal abortion right to an all-new right to stick a fork in the head of a half-born baby. The first lunacy keeps being rewritten to give abortion enthusiasts everything they could possibly want.
Not only can't Americans of differing views vote on the fiat, they can't even protest it. Feldt demanded "vigorous enforcement of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act" -- in order for Bush to show "respect for differences," mind you.
Among the absurd consequences of this Orwellian state is that the proponents of the fascistic decree compulsively argue that vast majorities of Americans support the abortion fiat we're not allowed to vote on. But at the same time they demand that Americans never be allowed to vote on it. Never, never, never! "Choice" is under attack if Roe is repealed and we get to vote. Democracy is "frightening."
Ms. Feldt, for example, rambles on at some length about how much Americans adore the "right" to abortion. If this were true, she wouldn't have to say it. No one goes around insisting that vast majorities of Americans oppose monarchy. But Feldt argues the past presidential election demonstrated a "decisive voter preference" for abortion, since both Al Gore and Ralph Nader (both of whom lost, incidentally) were pro-abortion.
Using Gloria's logic -- typical when it comes to all abortion-related topics -- Al Gore, Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan and George Bush are all white men, which shows a "decisive voter preference" for white men. Among them, they got 100 percent of the vote, so I don't even know why Gloria is polluting intellectual commerce with her womanly chatter.
Except white maleness wasn't what the voters were voting on, any more than abortion was. Though she goes on to invoke the liberal's favorite debating ploy -- a poll! -- if Gloria and her ilk were so cocksure that Americans shared their enthusiasm for abortion, they would demand the repeal of Roe so they could prove it in the polling booth.
There are, of course, some things Americans aren't allowed to vote on -- such as whether to have a king. The Constitution is a short document setting forth a particular governmental structure -- a president, a bicameral legislature, a judiciary, and very, very limited powers vested in any of these branches of the federal government.
Among those powers, there is nothing about the Supreme Court or any federal bureaucrat setting abortion policy for the nation. There is nothing vaguely related to abortion whatsoever. You can read it yourself.
Merely to state the logic of the "privacy right" concocted in Roe is to expose its inanity. Writing for the majority, Justice Harry Blackmun conceded that the "Constitution does not explicitly mention any right of privacy," but then he babbled on about the court or "individual justices" having "found at least the roots of that right in the First Amendment; in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments; in the penumbras of the Bill of Rights, in the Ninth Amendment or in the concept of liberty ..."
Any "right" that is that hard to pin down is a hoax. Still, from a "concept of liberty," and vaguely alluded-to "zones of privacy," abortion enthusiasts won a right to kill babies without the mess and bother of passing a law.
The abortion cases are a direct assault on the most basic "choice" citizens are allowed in a democracy -- the right to vote. Not the right to have your improperly punched ballot recounted 17 times in a bald attempt to throw an election, but simply to have a say about a pressing moral issue committed to the states by the Constitution.
Ms. Feldt drones on about "respecting differences" and finding "common ground" -- all in defense of an indefensible edict that stripped all Americans of the right to determine their own destinies by voting for the laws they want. Repeal Roe and let's vote.