Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Dred Scott is Code for Religious Anti-Abortion

When George W. Bush was asked in the debates what kind of Supreme Court justice he would appoint if re-elected, Bush responded with some nonsense about the "Dred Scott" decision.

I couldn't understand why he would bring up a case from 1857 regarding slavery that is universally recognized as one of the US Supreme Court's biggest mistakes. Now I know.

It's code for attacking abortion rights. It's code for anti-choice.

In the Dred Scott case, the Supreme Court decided that slaves were property. Religious republicans believe that Roe vs. Wade is a mistake in the same vein as Dred Scott. They believe that Roe vs. Wade is similar to Dred Scott in that it gives women the right to control their own bodies as if their bodies belong to them like property.

I've got news for the republicans - ethically speaking, each person DOES own their own body and has the right to do with their body as they see fit as long as they don't violate anyone else's rights in the process!

George W. Bush and the religious republicans believe choice is wrong, that abortion is wrong. They don't want to say so publicly because they might lose votes if voters know the truth. But at the same time, they want to reassure the faithful that if Bush is re-elected he will appoint justices who will overturn Roe-v-Wade. That's the reason for the coded reference to the Dred Scott case in the debates.

This election is critical because the next president is likely to appoint at least 2 and maybe 3 Supreme Court justices. If Bush is re-elected, that could spell disaster for America and the decidedly American value that we have the right to pursue our own happiness as long as we don't violate anyone else's rights.

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