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Jewish World Review Dec. 28, 2000 / 2 Teves, 5761

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If Americans support abortion, let's vote -- IT'S NICE to see that the feminist organizations have gotten their voices back after several years of radio silence during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Gloria Feldt, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, recently opined on the op-ed page of The New York Times that she is "frightened" George W. Bush will pay heed to the "partisan" interests of those who disagree with Gloria.

Liberals are always frightened by diversity of opinion. They think a fair way to decide passionately contested issues is for the federal government to issue uncompromising edicts giving liberals everything they want, and then to suppress all criticism of the edicts. The fascistic order, completely supplanting all democratic processes, is then known as a victory for "choice." As the Grand Inquisitor said in "The Brothers Karamazov": "They have vanquished freedom and have done so to make men happy."

That's what the Supreme Court did in Roe vs. Wade, and has repeatedly done in periodic codicils to its original edict. Just this past term, in Stenberg vs. Carhart, the court expanded the apocryphal abortion right to an all-new right to stick a fork in the head of a half-born baby. The first lunacy keeps being rewritten to give abortion enthusiasts everything they could possibly want.

Not only can't Americans of differing views vote on the fiat, they can't even protest it. Feldt demanded "vigorous enforcement of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act" -- in order for Bush to show "respect for differences," mind you.

Among the absurd consequences of this Orwellian state is that the proponents of the fascistic decree compulsively argue that vast majorities of Americans support the abortion fiat we're not allowed to vote on. But at the same time they demand that Americans never be allowed to vote on it. Never, never, never! "Choice" is under attack if Roe is repealed and we get to vote. Democracy is "frightening."

Ms. Feldt, for example, rambles on at some length about how much Americans adore the "right" to abortion. If this were true, she wouldn't have to say it. No one goes around insisting that vast majorities of Americans oppose monarchy. But Feldt argues the past presidential election demonstrated a "decisive voter preference" for abortion, since both Al Gore and Ralph Nader (both of whom lost, incidentally) were pro-abortion.

Using Gloria's logic -- typical when it comes to all abortion-related topics -- Al Gore, Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan and George Bush are all white men, which shows a "decisive voter preference" for white men. Among them, they got 100 percent of the vote, so I don't even know why Gloria is polluting intellectual commerce with her womanly chatter.

Except white maleness wasn't what the voters were voting on, any more than abortion was. Though she goes on to invoke the liberal's favorite debating ploy -- a poll! -- if Gloria and her ilk were so cocksure that Americans shared their enthusiasm for abortion, they would demand the repeal of Roe so they could prove it in the polling booth.

There are, of course, some things Americans aren't allowed to vote on -- such as whether to have a king. The Constitution is a short document setting forth a particular governmental structure -- a president, a bicameral legislature, a judiciary, and very, very limited powers vested in any of these branches of the federal government.

Among those powers, there is nothing about the Supreme Court or any federal bureaucrat setting abortion policy for the nation. There is nothing vaguely related to abortion whatsoever. You can read it yourself.

Merely to state the logic of the "privacy right" concocted in Roe is to expose its inanity. Writing for the majority, Justice Harry Blackmun conceded that the "Constitution does not explicitly mention any right of privacy," but then he babbled on about the court or "individual justices" having "found at least the roots of that right in the First Amendment; in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments; in the penumbras of the Bill of Rights, in the Ninth Amendment or in the concept of liberty ..."

Any "right" that is that hard to pin down is a hoax. Still, from a "concept of liberty," and vaguely alluded-to "zones of privacy," abortion enthusiasts won a right to kill babies without the mess and bother of passing a law.

The abortion cases are a direct assault on the most basic "choice" citizens are allowed in a democracy -- the right to vote. Not the right to have your improperly punched ballot recounted 17 times in a bald attempt to throw an election, but simply to have a say about a pressing moral issue committed to the states by the Constitution.

Ms. Feldt drones on about "respecting differences" and finding "common ground" -- all in defense of an indefensible edict that stripped all Americans of the right to determine their own destinies by voting for the laws they want. Repeal Roe and let's vote.

JWR contributor Ann Coulter is the author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton. You may visit the Ann Coulter Fan Club by clicking here.


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12/14/00: My Court is bigger than your Court
12/11/00: HANG IN THERE, AL!
12/07/00: National Lampoon's Florida Supreme Court Vacation
12/04/00: It's past time for GOPers to quit being good at losing
11/30/00: Things only a Dem will say with a straight face
11/27/00: Certify the electors, then the judges
11/23/00: Kangaroo coup
11/20/00: This is what the Electoral College is supposed to prevent
11/16/00: The liar next time
11/09/00: JUST GO!
11/06/00: Hail Mary past
11/02/00: As the nose grows: The scripture according to Gore
10/30/00: Clinton sure can pick 'em
10/26/00: Gore's 'Nam flashbacks
10/23/00: Courting George Orwell
10/20/00: The three faces of Al
10/17/00: Must Christian conservatives be fascists?
10/13/00: Oil good; Dems bad
10/10/00: Al Gore: Serial fibber
10/06/00: Sigh of the crook
10/03/00: So who's the 'dumb guy' now?
09/29/00: Don't do drug legalization
09/26/00: I'd burn down my neighbor's house
09/22/00: Democrats worship the money shot
09/19/00: Other film footage we'd like to see
09/15/00: Bush can name the **^%*
09/12/00: The Supreme Court ratchet
09/08/00: Our mistake -- keep polluting
09/05/00: Bubba protects and serves
09/01/00: AlGore's 'going out of business!' tax plan
08/29/00: Bush's compassionate conservatism
08/25/00: Space alien tells funny jokes in bathtub
08/22/00: Dems view world only in black and white, not in color
08/18/00: Another Damascus Road conversion
08/15/00: The viagra cotillion
08/11/00: The hand-wringing Hamlet from Hartford
08/07/00: The Democratic party's white face
08/04/00: Hillary's potty mouth
08/01/00: The hole in the story
07/28/00: Cheney's detractors can't get their story straight
07/25/00: AlGore: Elmer Blandry
07/21/00: The tyranny of non-objectivity
07/18/00: The state's religion
07/14/00: Reform it back
07/11/00: Keating for veep
07/07/00: Gore invented 'Clueless'
07/04/00: The stupidity litmus test
06/30/00: O.J. was 'proved innocent' too
06/27/00: The last guys 'proved innocent'
06/23/00: Serious Republican candidates don't get serious press
06/19/00: They weren't overzealous this time
06/16/00: Evolution of the strumpet
06/13/00: Actual journalistic malpractice
06/09/00: I did not have sexual
relations with that ... man!
06/06/00: IRS turns Bubba's screw
05/30/00: Too corrupt to be an Arkansas lawyer
05/26/00: Choose liberalism
05/24/00: Violence against coherence
05/22/00: Developmentally disabled Republicans
05/16/00: For womb the bell tolls
05/12/00: Asylum from Georgetown
05/10/00: The truth is out there, even for the clueless
05/08/00: Barbie is a liberal Democrat
05/02/00: Moving the goalpost
04/28/00: The bastardization of justice
04/25/00: How Monica Lewinsky saved the constitution
04/24/00: It's sunny today, so we need gun control
04/19/00: No shadow of a doubt -- liberal women are worthless
04/14/00: It takes a Communist dictator to raise a child
04/11/00: The verdict is in on Hillary
04/07/00: Vast Concoctions III
04/04/00: 'Horrifying' free speech in New York
03/31/00: Check-Off Box For Pimp Suits
03/28/00: All the news that fits -- we print!
03/24/00: Net losses all around
03/20/00: To protect, serve --- and be spat on
03/16/00: Thank Heaven for the consigliere
03/13/00: Vast concoctions II
03/09/00: The bluebloods voted against you
03/07/00: The Tower of Babble
03/03/00: Vast concoction
03/02/00: Hillary's sartorial lies
02/28/00: You have to break a few eggs to make a joke
02/22/00: I've seen enough killing to support abortion
02/18/00: A liberal lynching
02/15/00: McCain and the flag
02/11/00: The Shakedown Express
02/08/00: To mock a mockingbird
02/05/00: Summing up Campaign 2000: 'Oh, puh-leeze!'
02/01/00: A Confederacy of Dunces
01/28/00: Dollar Bill's racist smear
01/24/00: How high is your freedom quotient?
01/21/00: Numismadness
01/18/00: How dare you attack my wife!
01/14/00: The Gore Buggernaut
01/10/00: The paradox of discrimination law

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