To state what should be obvious, law exists to sustain life, not the other way around. It is clear that certain lines, when crossed, create circumstances that, on the simplest levels of human intuition and sensitivity, are unacceptable. And, if indeed somehow, we seem to think they are acceptable, this should serve as an alarm to the state of our own humanity.
Partial birth abortion clearly crosses this line.
This said, I think we know a lot more today also about the moorings of our two political parties.
The leading Republican candidates _ Giuliani, McCain, and Romney _ uniformly celebrated this decision.
The leading Democratic candidates _ Clinton, Obama, and Edwards _ uniformly condemned it.
The rationale justifying opposition to upholding this ban because the act does not provide a "health exception" does not hold water. As has been pointed out, the act does provide exemption when the life of the mother is endangered. A health exemption beyond this is simply legal gymnastics for neutering the ban.
Sen. Hillary Clinton has jockeyed around over recent years trying to position herself as a moderate on the abortion issue. Although defending the alleged "right" to an abortion, Clinton has taken to rhetoric about morals and values and family and to portray how much she cares about eliminating the reality of abortion.
It should be clear today what Clinton is willing to tolerate and where her priorities are. And they certainly are not life, family, and the most core standards of human decency.
How about Sen. Barack Obama?
After the debacle at Virginia Tech, he gave a speech talking about the "...rising level of violence that ignores our common humanity and claims to civilization alike." He condemned the "coarsening of our culture."
Can Senator Obama really be a credible source on these matters when he is willing to justify and tolerate the horror and brutality of partial birth abortion?
The Supreme Court, in its current form as a result of appointments by our Republican president, has demonstrated it can and will address the erosion of principle which is causing our society to unravel.
We have little reason to believe today that we can expect the same from the Democratic Party.