Rachel Maddow lambasts anyone of a Republican (conservative) persuasion because generally, we are against more red tape. I say “we” because I am one such person who is against more red tape. I’m also pro-life. And apparently what Republicans in Kansas are doing is regulating the heck out of abortion clinics, so that they are forced to close.
Here’s the thing: I’m also very firmly in favour of the will of the people aka democracy. And what Roe v. Wade did was overrule every state on the matter of abortion and tell so many: Your vote doesn’t count. In the United States there are a great many states who would outlaw abortion, based on a free vote. Roe v. Wade doesn’t let them. It comes down from on high and dictates what will be.
My point then, is this: where the government through the legislative arm acts corruptly, it engenders corruption. People try to get around it in different ways. More red tape to outlaw abortion clinics would be one such tactic.
My second point is this: Oftentimes these regulations merely bring abortion clinics up to the existing standards for every other health-related clinic. In some states, so fearful were feminists of losing abortion rights, that they failed to regulate abortion clinics at all. The end result is what Mark Steyn calls Big Government’s Back Alley. From Philadelphia:
Furniture and blankets were stained with blood. Instruments were not properly sterilized. Disposable medical supplies were not disposed of; they were reused, over and over again. Medical equipment – such as the defibrillator, the EKG, the pulse oximeter, the blood pressure cuff – was generally broken; even when it worked, it wasn’t used. The emergency exit was padlocked shut. And scattered throughout, in cabinets, in the basement, in a freezer, in jars and bags and plastic jugs, were fetal remains. It was a baby charnel house.
Pretty gross, hey? Wait, there’s more. From New Jersey:
The Department of Health and Senior Services investigated the abortion facility and found dirty forceps, rusty crochet hooks used to remove IUDs, and a quarter-inch of dirt and debris under an examining table.
So long as those abortion clinics remain open…
But finally, it all comes down to what we think abortion is. And Rachel Maddow, let me take a wild and crazy guess, thinks it is an inoffensive procedure. Whereas, (I’m also guessing) the majority in the state of Kansas think it is murder. Roe v. Wade doesn’t let people think what they want to think, so we come to a strange place whereby Republicans act like Democrats, trying to place more red tape over abortion clinics, to put them out of business.
But Maddow: please spare me the pain of likening this to trying to put honest small businessmen out of work, or making it hard to do interstate trade. This isn’t about freedom. It’s about the injustice that is abortion, it’s about special state-sanctioned clinics where we try to make a despicable procedure normal and don’t even subject them to the same regulations as other outpatient procedures. And it’s about an unjust law (Roe v. Wade) that tells all Americans they have to like abortion, even where they don’t.by