- Jul 15, 2003
The bill’s 218-211 approval is mostly symbolic, as Republican opposition will doom it in the Senate. Read more at Boston.com.
The reason I thought they'd never try is because its a hot button issue they knew they could never decide on and for a while it seemed like the states were doing just fine on their own. Not to mention potential voters angry at them when they might need support on other issues. And for reference by "they" I mean republicans AND democrats.
However, in recent years too many states have started making up their own rules to circumvent federal law and opponents keep having to bring it back up the supreme court over and over. Sometimes the supreme court refuses to hear such cases because they've already ruled on them and in theory it should be a waste of time. In practice the Republicans know they use that as an opportunity to break the law for years at a time because their horse shit isn't being challenged.
In case anyone doesn't know, and I suspect that's a lot of Americans as well as some Europeans: There is no actual federal law in America which specifically legalizes or outlaws abortions. The united states supreme court has ruled on 3 separate occasions that women have a right to medical privacy, which included the right to an abortion. Too many state governments don't like the supreme court ruling so they come up with clever ways to effectively ban abortion without making an actual blanket law that bans abortion which would obviously be illegal.
Its medically similar to Jim Crow laws. After the civil war slaves were freed and according to the law written at the time, they should have enjoyed all freedoms and rights and privilege's as everyone else. Problem is they were black and they couldn't just integrate into a society that didn't want them. Southern States said "sure, you can vote, but you have to pass a literacy test first, or be the great grand-son of a free man" or some other bullshit. That abuse of civil rights went on for literally a hundred years, until congress passed a new law guaranteeing civil rights regardless of race. The new law was necessary because the old law was being deliberately misinterpreted to abuse the minority. The abortion rulings from our supreme court have basically the same problem. Weird little state and local laws that shouldn't be constitutional are being treated as legitimate. At least until somebody can run them up to the supreme court. But that takes time and money and a lot of people have to suffer in the meantime.
What frequently happens is illegal abortion clinics set up temporarily, they do a lousy job, many women get sick, some die, and others get arrested. In my humble opinion this is totally unacceptable for a developed nation where in theory people can go to a legit hospital or clinic and not die because of poor quality medical practices.
Now, as to why the Dems picked this year to push an abortion bill thru I can only guess. Maybe they think they have the sway across America to get something controversial passed. Maybe they are worried about mid term elections and losing seats. I do know they need a lot of backing to get something like this done and its been a very long time since they've had a majority. Unless I'm misremembering. However at 218 to 211 that tells me it just barely squeaked by and I bet fifty bucks the states use that as an excuse to ignore or circumvent the new law even if it passes.
Anyone wanna lay odds on this passing the senate?
(oh, and I bet ten thousand dollars the regulars of Anandtech can NOT discuss the legislative issue without also having the abortion debate itself, again, for the hundredth time, even though it makes no difference and we never resolve anything.)