The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Anti-abortion law:
Democrats join the attack

Apr 30, 2007

Democrats in Congress spoke out against the Court’s decision upholding a law restricting abortion. But when the law was passed in 2003, some of those same Democrats voted for it!

In fact, the law, which passed by a vote of 64 to 33, would not even have passed if 17 Democrats had not voted for it. It would not have made it to the Senate floor if California Senator Barbara Boxer, a Democrat who presents herself as a defender of women’s rights, hadn’t found a way to get it out of committee. Boxer attached a namby-pamby statement to the bill which supposedly reaffirmed Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman’s right to have an abortion. By the time the bill passed, however, the pro-choice statement had been tossed out – which still didn’t prevent those 17 Democrats from voting for it anyway.

In passing the law, the Republicans in Congress, and Bush in the White House, were of course pandering to their most reactionary religious base, for whom any women’s rights are suspect. And the Democrats are playing their usual two-faced role: help pass right-wing attacks, while talking against them.