Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Baby Steps toward Life

The Senate votes 65-34 to restrict strangers from shuttling minors across state lines to get abortions, skirting parental notification laws. Thankfully, they rejected several attempts to gut the bill based on the “abusive parent” scarecrow.

In some respects, it’s surprising that this type of commonsense legislation would attract 34 ‘no’ votes. Minors can’t get their ears pierced without parental consent, yet the Party of Death gang continues to demand that anybody can put a minor child in a car, and transport her across state lines for a major medical procedure. Me, I’ve got words for anybody who takes one of my daughters to the mall without permission.

FYI, here’s a bit of political code translation. When you hear talk like this:

“Democrats complained that the measure was the latest in a series of bills
designed chiefly to energize the GOP's base of conservative voters.

'Congress ought to have higher priorities than turning grandparents into criminals,' said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass." [as Best of the Web’s James Taranto has
observed, Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment]
The translation: “Those evil Republicans are making us vote on overwhelmingly popular laws that we hate, so that either we have to go along, thereby alienating the ‘netroots’ and extremists at Emily’s List, or be exposed as the looneys we are.”