Unfortunately, we have a pretty good idea of what a Romney presidency will be like for us as well. The former governor of Massachusetts has said he would remove Planned Parenthood\’s funding and overturn the supreme court case that legalised abortion……….If abortion is made illegal – a very real possibility under a Romney administration – women will seek out the procedure through unsafe means……..
No presidential administration is going to make abortion illegal. It\’s not actually possible for one to do so. Not alone, certainly. For the decision that it is legal came from the Supreme Court. Yes, a pretty odd decision, finding the right of privacy in the penumbra of the Constitution. But what this means is that it would be necessary to change the constitution to make abortion illegal. Or for the Supreme Court to reverse itself. Neither of these things are actually in the power of the presidency. For the first you\’ve got to get both houses of Congress and 3/4 of the States to go for it. For the second, well, the Supremes have to do that for themselves.
A Romney presidency just wouldn\’t, couldn\’t, make abortion illegal. Further, even if the constitution was changed or the Supremes reversed themselves it would still not be a Federal matter. It would be a State matters: as it was before Roe vs. Wade. For before that abortion was legal in some/many States. And it would remain a State matter because that\’s what the Constitution says: as with the Defence of Marriage Act being ruled unconstitutional. It\’s just fuck all to do with the Federal executive.
But then dragging out some \”feminist\” to witter about how appalling it would be if Obama loses 4 days before the election…..think they\’re worried much?