Saturday, January 10, 2004

When it comes to Abortion, the Democrats Hate Democracy
The observation that Democrats are fundamentally anti-democratic about legalized abortion is nothing new, but William McGurn's column in today's makes the point particularly well. I've long shared his belief that Democratic support for unregulated abortion has become more an article of religious faith -- almost some sort of holy sacrament -- than a public policy position. Anyone who dares question, for example, the practice of sucking the brains out of a viable human infant (before he or she escapes the birth canal, of course -- though I wonder how long we'll maintain that distinction) has departed from the faith. A heretic and an apostate, no less.

On a related note, the left cannot seem to complete a sentence with the word "Republican" in it these days without including the word "extremist." Of course, extremism is in the eye of the beholder. But when solid democratic majorities favor at least some restrictions on abortion, and one party is willing to thwart the democratic process to prevent any such restrictions, who are the real extremists?

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