Friday, October 26, 2012

Federal Fast Track Rape Court - Picture of the Day 2012 10 26

I feel I should get back to chronicling Rep. Guinta's many missteps, but I find I can't stop worrying about how a Romney presidency will affect women's reproductive rights.   Here I make a rather dystopian forecast based on statements made by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

It's difficult to know how any economic policy will play out.   I suspect Romney's economic plans will work out poorly for most of us.   I am much more certain that Romney's plans for women's rights will be a disaster.

When the candidates make their legislative desires known on social issues, it's fair to assume that once they take power, they will work to enact their stated agenda.   President Romney has stated he wants to appoint justices to returns back to the pre-Roe v. Wade days.    It's worse, actually, because a GOP congress would then move to ban all abortions nationally.

Mitt has tried to take the "moderate" position, actually to the left of many leaders in his party, of having an exception that allows aborting pregnancies from rape.    Since this would be one of the few exceptions, it's easy to imagine some women wishing an abortion would make false claims of rape.   In this exercise of imagination, I tried to imagine what the due process of granting the exception would look like.

References:   It seems only a simple majority is needed in the senate to change to rules at the start of a session.

Fixing the Filibuster - Senator Tom Harkin

Paul Ryan: Rape Is Just Another 'Method Of Conception'

Romney: I support overturning Roe

Romney will nominate judges in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito.

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