Circumventing Congress Through Terrorism

June 1, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Posted in God machine, House of Representatives, law, senate, terrorism | Leave a comment
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Ewe and newborn lamb, Madison County, Montana.  1939 summer.  Arthur Rothstein, photographer.

Ewe and newborn lamb, Madison County, Montana. 1939 summer. Arthur Rothstein, photographer.

(Ezra Klein) Roeder was acting in direct competition with the United States Congress. And it’s quite likely that he changed the status quo. Legislative language and judicial rulings had made abortive procedures legal and thus accessible. Yesterday’s killing was meant to render abortive procedures unsafe for doctors to conduct and thus inaccessible.

If a woman cannot get an abortion because no nearby providers are willing to assume the risk of performing it, the actual outcome is precisely the same as if the procedure were illegal. Roeder has, in all likelihood, made abortion less accessible. It would be, in my view, a perfectly appropriate response for the Congress to decisively prove his action not only ineffectual, but, in a broad sense, counterproductive.”

Hilzoy has a short list of good recommendations.

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