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Dec. 9th, 2007

11:00 pm - Ron Paul’s NARAL Pro‐Choice America’s Congressional Record on Choice

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From:crasch
Date:December 10th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
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I don't think his position has changed that much. Rather, I think that his changing scores reflect the kinds of legislation that came up that year. For example, he voted against a bill that would ban transporting minors across state lines for the purpose of getting an abortion (which NARAL would support); in another year, he voted for a bill that would cut off federal funding for family planning clinics which advocated for abortions (which NARAL would oppose).

Although it's often framed as such, I don't think abortion is a privacy rights issue. Rather, I think it's an issue of the extent to which a fetus is deserving of legal protections, if any.
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Date:December 10th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
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"that's because roe v. wade's majority decision is based almost entirely on the issue of privacy."

Yes, that's true. And I think that the reasoning used in Roe v. Wade was a tortuous as the reasoning that allows the interstate commerce clause to be used as justification to regulate marijuana grown on your own property for your own use. A number of liberal, pro-choice legal scholars agree:

http://timothypcarney.com/?page_id=176

I think Roe has not been overturned because there has not been a case yet in front of a conservative majority. Even with the appointment of Roberts and Alito, I don't think they have enough votes.
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Date:December 10th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
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I suppose it depends on what you judge to be "conservative". Judges don't necessarily vote the way the person who appoints them would prefer.
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