Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Alito Hearing Day 3: The Spousal Consent Question

My Dad had me almost convinced to support Joe Biden in his upcoming presidential bid... but no more.

Cause he just BLEW it in the Alito confirmation hearings, on the most critical issue.

Finally, Biden asked THE question... how could Alito have ruled that spousal consent is not an "undue burden" on women? Does he really believe that no matter how substantially affected a number of women are by an abortion restriction, it's still constitutional if it's just "some women"?

And Alito said YES! That he believed then AND STILL BELIEVES NOW that an abortion restriction is ok if it significantly harms women, as long as it's just "some women."

And Biden moved on to more questions. What is it with all these dropped balls?? Why did he not then followup by reminding Alito that the constitution is there to protect INDIVIDUAL rights, not just majority rights, and why did he not then ask Alito about why a life exception is necessary? It's the same principle: if only SOME women are going to die as a result of an abortion restriction, under Alito's interpretation of "undue burden," that would be just fine. But it's NOT just fine, and the vast majority of people in this country, and EVERY court majority understands that.

Why the lack of follow-up? Arrrgh. And now I *am* kicking myself for not working in the pro-choice movement any more cause I'd be ALL OVER this one. But they didn't listen to me then, and they probably wouldn't today either.

So anyway. What this means is we can say GOODBYE to health and life exceptions to abortion laws. Who cares if just SOME women die?



I'm watching the re-broadcast of the hearings on and I have to stay awake at least until they rebroadcast the Graham questioning, still about an hour away... cause that's the point at which, apparantly, Alito's wife broke down crying and ran out of the room.

(why? Because Graham was expressing condolences to Alito that he was being found "guilty by association" by Democrats who were questioning him about his membership in a group that discriminated quite blatantly against women, racial minorities, and gays. And not just his membership, but trumpetting his membership in a job application with the Reagan administration. And now claiming no memory of belonging to the group, or the group's activities or discriminatory positions).


I've gotten no work done the past two days, and some of it's because of personal life distractions, but mostly it's because I've been glued to the Alito hearings, not wanting to let a day pass without either watching the hearings or reading the transcripts all the way through.


Wow. I thought *I* got pissed today. Watching Specter and Kennedy going at it was one of the most beautiful political battles I've ever seen on C-SPAN. Nice.


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