Thursday, April 20, 2006

We All See What We Want to See

This post by a local blogger on McGavick's position on abortion was just sent to me.

McGavick’s campaign calls his abortion stance “complicated.” Balter describes it as “moderately pro-choice.” I call it “lying,” for this is a candidate who won’t come right out and say that he opposes abortion, but obviously will not lift a finger to stop his Republican colleagues from outlawing it. It’s kinda like George Bush saying he’s opposed to domestic wiretapping.

I call it cowardly. Besides, he did say he was personally opposed to abortion. It remains to be seen what he would do if a vote for "outlawing it" came up. He's already said he would not vote for a human life amendment to the Constitution so the only straw he's left holding is a vote on a Supreme Court Justice. I'm sorry but I'm just not seeing any "outlawing" scenarios available to Mr. McGavick or his Republican colleagues.

The fact of the matter is that McGavick probably doesn't like abortion (Who does? Even Hilary Clinton called it a sad and tragic choice.), but he's not going to do anything about it.

I understand pro-choicers are concerned about "outlawing it", but they also need to recognize the real and immediate threats come from rolling it back incrementally, and McGavick has shown he's not committed to doing that. i.e. He's not going to lift a finger to change any part of the country's abortion regime as it is currently being proped up by the federal government -- from the funding of Planned Parenthood to a review of the fast-track approval of RU-486 to the push for OTC sales of Plan B.
After all, it doesn’t really matter what a politician says he believes about an issue if he votes the opposite...
Exactly. (I'm still waiting for a candidate who is personally pro-choice but votes pro-life.) And Mike McGavick still hasn't told us how he will vote on critical abortion issues likely to come before him, not ones pulled off a Zogby survey because they poll well.

I'm disappointed the comments weren't more informed about not only the myth of "safe-legal" abortion, but also the Republican party's traditional support for abortion (and removing women from the home so they could work in factories), especially in this state. It was also scary that so many men seemed to be the most rabid supporters of abortion. Tells you a lot doesn't it?

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