Jewish World Review Jan. 31, 2014/ 30 Shevat, 5774
Davis, Democrats sneak past inconvenient realities of abortion
By Jonah Goldberg
Last year, Davis led an 11-hour filibuster -- that's where the sneakers came in handy -- to block legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks and require abortion clinics to meet the same standards that hospital-style surgical centers do.
This was all going on against the backdrop of the sensational
In short, you didn't need to be an abortion-rights activist to find the story of interest, but you'd certainly expect an activist to be up to speed on it.
Working on that theory, The Weekly Standard's
McCormack noted that once you got past the squalor and filth of the clinic, Gosnell's illegal late-term abortions weren't all that different from legal late-term abortions in other states. "What is the difference ...," McCormack asked, "between legal abortion at 23 weeks and what Gosnell did? Do you see a distinction between those two [acts]?"
"I don't know what happened in the Gosnell case," Davis replied. "But I do know that it happened in an ambulatory surgical center. And in
She should have stopped with "I don't what happened in the Gosnell case" -- because in the words of the grand jury report, the "abhorrent conditions and practices inside Gosnell's clinic [were] directly attributable to the
So the one thing she claimed to know wasn't true. Also, what curious incuriosity. If you were suddenly a national leader on an issue you felt passionately about, wouldn't you want to know what happened in a case that cuts to the heart of your cause?
Not Davis. Her time is better spent denouncing the ignorance of women who disagree with her. When McCormack asked what to make of the fact that a majority of American women support a ban on late-term abortions, Davis responded, "I again think that a lot of people don't really understand the landscape of what's happening in that arena today ..."
Think about that. In the course of a short conversation, she revealed that she didn't know what she was talking about while casually dismissing the majority of American women who disagreed with her as not knowing what they're talking about.
Let's fast-forward to 2014. Davis was recently interviewed by
Davis answered with a non-answer: "You know, the
I agree. But Davis is merely at the forefront of the cowardice epidemic. On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade earlier this month, President Obama couldn't bring himself to say the word "abortion," preferring instead virtually every poll-tested buzzword. Indeed, in all of the "war on women" noise, abortion is almost always wrapped in the velvety euphemisms of "women's health" and "reproductive choice."
It should tell you something when passionate advocates of unrestricted abortion are so uncomfortable talking about ... abortion.
Perhaps all of the rage abortion extremists aim at their opponents is cover for a deep insecurity -- maybe psychological, definitely political -- about the reality of what they are defending. Sen
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