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Independence Day

Oh, for Heaven’s sakes, now we’ve got Barack Obama behaving like Moses laying down yet another commandment for women to heed. In his recent interview with Relevant, a Christian magazine, the Dauphin of Democracy says:

prohibitions on late-term abortions must contain “a strict, well defined exception for the health of the mother.”

Obama then added: “Now, I don’t think that ‘mental distress’ qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term.”

But only last year, in it’s majority Supreme Court opinion on the partial birth aborthion law (Actually, intact Dilation and Extraction), Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote this:

“While we find no reliable data to measure the phenomenon, it seems unexceptionable to conclude some women come to regret their choice to abort the infant life they once created and sustained,” Justice Kennedy wrote, alluding to the brief. “Severe depression and loss of esteem can follow.”

Given those stakes, the justice argued, “The state has an interest in ensuring so grave a choice is well informed.”

So, let me get this straight. If you get a late term abortion for medical reasons, you will feel suicidal about it in the future. But if you feel suicidal about being pregnant, under no circumstances should you get a late term abortion. Maybe we should ask Andrea Yates for her expert opinion on the subject of regret, self-esteem and depression? Come to think of it, *she* didn’t have much choice in the matter. Her husband/protector and pastor went against the best advice of her doctors who told them she should never get pregnant again as it would make her post-partum psychosis worse. Seven years later, five children dead and a brain permanently damaged by untreated disease, she’s serving out the rest of her life on a psych ward. Nice going, Mr. Yates.

Thank goodness we have all these guys to protect us from the consequences of our rash decisions. We should not trouble our underdeveloped consciences about the fact that the presumptuus nominee and a justice of the Supreme Court contradict themselves. For the women with medical emergencies that just happen to fall one day into that late term stage, it hardly matters. Their options are now limited by the philosophical and moral musings of two men who could be discussing the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin.

Can someone tell me where is the woman who speaks for us??

Fine. We’ll look after ourselves from now on guys. We PUMAs will form a new government “laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to [us] shall seem most likely to effect [our] Safety and Happiness” You just sit there in your leather wing-backs in front of the roaring fire and muse philosophically and we’ll do what we need to do. We wouldn’t want the brutality and sorrows of life to affect your mental state.

So much for Obama protecting our right to choose. Can we have Hillary back now?

Our Sister Independence Day Readings:

And don’t forget to Kiss Him Goodbye.  Remember, it only takes 500,000 of us at $20.08 a head to retire Hillary’s outstanding campaign debt to her vendors.  It looks like sisters are doing it for themselves.: