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Election will impact Roe v. Wade

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published October 14, 2012

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Lost in all the chatter about Democratic Vice President Joe Biden’s over-the-top laughter and Republican Veep nominee Paul Ryan’s perplexed look during their debate last week was the revelation that Roe v. Wade could well hang in the balance.

If Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president, and his running mate, Ryan, win the Nov. 6 general election, the 1970 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal will be in jeopardy.

Here’s what Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin and an opponent of abortion in all circumstances, answered when moderator Martha Raddatz raised the issue:

“ … if you believe that life begins at conception, that, therefore, doesn’t change the definition of life. That’s a principle. The policy of a Romney administration is to oppose abortion with exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.”

But it was when Raddatz asked if Americans who believe that abortion should remain legal should worry about a Romney-Ryan administration, he replied: “We don’t think that unelected judges should make this decision; that people through their elected representatives in reaching a consensus in society through the democratic process should make this determination.”

That comment could be dismissed as wishful thinking on the part of a strident anti-abortion advocate, but for this reality: Whoever is president over the next four years will, in all probability, get to appoint one or two justices to the Supreme Court, given the age of a couple of the justices on the bench.

If Romney is president, he undoubtedly will nominate individuals who share his political ideology. While presidents and presidential candidates insist that there is no litmus test for selecting Supreme Court justices, it would be naïve to believe that a conservative Republican would tap a liberal Democrat. Likewise, no Democratic president would pick a conservative Republican.

Vice President Biden, who like Ryan is a practicing Roman Catholic, said during the debate that while he personally opposes abortion, “… I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the — the congressman. I — I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that — women they can’t control their body. It’s a decision between them and their doctor. In my view and the Supreme Court, I’m not going to interfere with that.”

It will be interesting to see if Romney, who seems to be embracing a moderate position on abortion even though he is pro-life, and President Obama, who believes in a woman’s right to choose, will be asked about this highly emotional issue during Tuesday’s town hall debate.


1walter_sobchak(1914 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Shameless playing of the abortion card. Ryan said nothing different than what the pro-life people have been saying all along. Laws should not be made by the courts, but by the legislature, subject to judicial review.

BTW, Roe v. Wade was issued in 1973. Did you ever hear of google, you moron?

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2Dagwood(111 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Run for the hills gdog4766, the Mormons are coming!, the Mormons are coming! To knock on your door and ask you to donate to the Church of Latter-day saints. I wonder what Rev Wright would ask for if he knocked on your door?

Roe vs Wade stances will not decide this election, its the economy, jobs, and national security. I'll take the successful Morman politician/businessman, over whatever faith Obama is following today and his failed policies and self agendas.

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3fomoco(3 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

What a pair, the misinforming Mormon and Alfred E. Newman!

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4uselesseater(229 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Roe vs. Wade was a terrible decision. Never should have happened.

The poor woman central to the Roe vs. Wade case has come out in recent years to say she is anti abortion.

Even though it might seem insensitive and out there, the only true exception where an abortion should be an option is where the mother's life is in grave jeopardy.

All the other reasons for abortion are just more political hay. Abortion isn't a woman's right, it is murder.

I know plenty of women who in their teens and 20's went through the abortion mills. Now in their 30's, 40's and 50's they sure aren't feeling so nice and warm about their youthful mislead ways.

I look at abortion the same way I do when some gangbanger goes robbing a family in their home and shoots the 4 year old to death. As a murderous, predator, exploiting the power paradigm for their own often financial gain and preying upon a defenseless human being.

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5politicalpoo(13 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

It will take an act of congress to change Roe Vs. Wade. It has already been found constitutional by the Supreme Court. All the fighting and crashing have been done long ago. This is no longer a valid political argument, but merely a distraction. You all should learn how your government works. When Bertram says something, remember he usually only has half the information and he thinks he is the only intelligent, worthy person on the planet. Like Slush Bimbaugh, I read his nonsense for a laugh.

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6uselesseater(229 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't have a cause to help. Not me pushing for your vote, nor am I passing the donation plate around to fleece the population.

Is it soooo dangerous and nutty to equate murder of a defenseless child to the equal brazen and careless actions of a gangbanger?

If anyone is nuts and dangerous it is the liberal minded murderers. I don't kill people for fun or recreation or proceeding such deeds. Don't worry about me, worry about the children and the mislead mothers who are doing the killing.

That's the problem with our politically "correct" but morally devoid culture. You make sensible folks the enemy defending this bogus right to murder. It is a page directly out of the Communist Manifesto. Taken directly from a barbarian Commie culture like the Chinese who are forcefully aborting 35k defenseless children every day, under mandates and force of the government.

Face it, vast majority of abortions are sought by otherwise mothers because of their instilled fear of their own financial survival. The pursuit of money trumps the value of life.

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7CasLee(9 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

October 16, 2012
Hello, my fellow American voters!
I watched the Oct. 3rd and Oct. 16th presidential and Oct. 11th vice-presidential debates.
1st Romney-Obama debate covered 7 topics: jobs; budget deficit/debt; social security/entitlements; federal regulation of economy; healthcare; federal government role in economy; partisan gridlock.
2nd Romney-Obama debate covered 11 topics: college graduate jobs; gas prices; taxes; equal pay; Bush policies; Obama’s record; illegal immigrants; Libya; assault weapons; jobs; candidate misperceptions.
Ryan-Biden debate covered 10 topics: Libya; Iran; economy; medicare/social security/entitlements; taxes/tax reform/spending/budget cuts; military policy; Afghanistan; Syria; abortion; negative campaign tactics.
As an INDEPENDENT female feminist (egalitarian) voter, I support the Romney/Ryan ticket.
Romney and Ryan won all three debates, although Obama improved some in the 2nd debate.
Ryan won despite Biden’s consistently rude/disrespectful behavior during the debate
(Biden interrupted Ryan often, laughed often while Ryan was talking, pointed his finger often).
Biden’s tactics to evade issues/truth were disrespectful to Americans interested in facts, figures, forecasts, and solutions for real people with real problems.
Romney and Ryan won with substance, directness, integrity, respect, clarity, facts, commitment, inspiration, and leadership.
These debates confirm that Romney and Ryan are the best persons in terms of qualifications and character to lead our country to solve problems and make life better for all Americans.
I am inspired by Romney/Ryan, and I hope that you are too!
Best regards,
Cas Lee

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8newsmaker1(127 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

This election is not about abortion, it's not about Mitt Romney it's all about Obama's dismal record on the econony and his turning the entire Middle East into one big HATE AMERICA cause.

Obama told the Turks, America is not a Christian country and Obama backed it up with his continued attack on the Catholic Church. Just shred the Constitution--Get Obama out of there, NOW

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91Marine(29 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Let's hope that Roe v Wade will be affected....

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