Monday, October 31, 2005

Toward Sharia

For all the right's howling about a clash of civilizations, a high noon showdown between "islamo-fascism" and the West, they are in practice pursuing a policy of ideological convergence on a number of fronts. The appointment of "Scalito" today to the supreme court is just the latest sign. Not only is he vehemently anti-abortion, but he apparently tends toward the view that wives are property of their husbands.
In his dissenting opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Alito concurred with the majority in supporting the restrictive abortion-related measures passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in the late 1980’s. Alito went further, however, saying the majority was wrong to strike down a requirement that women notify their spouses before having an abortion (via Billmon).
It is just a small slide from notification to permission.

The Larger Context

It is not just about Roe. The next step on the agenda is to roll back contraceptive rights.
Bush started his term by removing a budget provision that required some insurance companies serving federal employees to cover contraception. Then federal National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed fact sheets about sex education and the effectiveness of condoms from their websites. Bush went on to cut funds for family planning throughout his time in office while pouring money into "abstinence-only" education, which forbids frank discussion of birth control. For the past three years, Bush has withheld $34 million for international family planning from the United Nations Population Fund. Meanwhile, he is promising to increase abstinence funding, already at record levels, and to insist that nearly one-third of domestic funding for HIV/AIDS be spent on abstinence.
And in the recent battle over the previous nominee Miers, one of the right's main objections to her was that she had at one time said that she thought that Griswold v. Connecticut was rightly decided. This is important not only because Grizwold is the foundation of the right to privacy, but also because it guaranteed the right to marital contraception.

The Bush administration's policies concerning women's health issues in the international arena have led to some surprising alliances.
In a string of recent policy statements on international family planning, the Bush administration has sided with the Vatican, as well as "axis of evil" countries Iran and Iraq and others not known for their support of women's rights, including Libya, Sudan and Syria...(full report and related material)
The agenda could hardly be more radical.

Earlier: The End of Roe, Politicizing Pharmacies

UPDATE: Billmon now has a good detailed run down of just how bad Scalito might be. And NARAL has more.

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