Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Senate Votes Yes: Crossing State Lines for an Abortion on a Minor Will Now Be Illegal

Here's the very slanted AP story (complete with an illustrated chart courtesy of NARAL!) announcing Senate passage of Senate 403. For instance, note that the name of the legislation, the Child Custody Protection Act, appears nowhere in the article. I guess the name suggests something much too sane, much too mainstream. Better for the liberal bias of the piece to paint it as "restricting a minor's right to abortion" as the NARAL chart is titled. By the way, that chart is apparantly an "official" part of the AP story -- it is included in every single news organ I've checked in the last hour.

Hillary Clinton, in a example of distortion extreme even for her, attempted to portray the vote as a lethal move against young women. "We're going to sacrifice a lot of girls' lives," said the Democrat. (Memo to Her Honor: Using the word "life" in a justification for abortion is so 1970s and tends nowadays to be very counter-productive. Drop it. Go back to Bill's mantra of making abortion "safe, legal and rare." Few people will believe you mean it...but you won't look quite so dastardly.)

My favorite phrase in the article (though a common one) is that the measure passed because Senators were "Bowing to public support for parental notification," as if reflecting the will of the public was something demeaning, cowardly or beyond the will to resist. Amazing.