Monday, March 06, 2006

Fetus Fest

While you were watching Access Hollywood this evening, pro-life activists descended on Annapolis for their annual Fetus Fest (also known as Maryland March for Life).

People from across the state, representing organizations as diverse as Maryland Right to Life, the Gabriel Project and Defend Life came to express their opposition to abortion (and by "diverse" we mean "right-wing theocrats"). Abortion opponents are enthused by the recent confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, which has heightened hopes that Roe v. Wade will soon be struck down. In fact, South Dakota's governor signed into law a bill earlier today designed to challenge the law by banning all abortions without making exceptions for rape or incest.

On the federal level, pro-lifers have a chance. If the South Datoka measure is reviewed by the Supreme Court, a 5-4 decision could uphold the comprehensive ban, essentially overturning Roe. In Maryland, however, its a different story. If Roe is overturned, abortion won't be outlawed; rather, it will be a state-by-state decision. Maryland is one of those states that will very likely keep abortion legal. While other states around the nation have been testing the waters with laws placing more and more restrictions on abortion, Maryland has kept the procedure available to as many women as possible. Maryland, and other liberal states, will keep abortion available even as most outlaw the procedure.

So those abortion opponents who spent their evening in Annapolis were really just wasting their time.

from The League: Reassembled

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