For John, BLUF: Some guy in a "Right Wing" newspaper says Obama, not Romney, is out of the mainstream on abortion. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Mostly Kad, Renee and I have been tossing back and forth the issue of abortion. There are serious issues involved and serious people can take opposing positions. And, we can use strong language to express ourselves. I think I may have been unkind in comparing Kad to Princeton's Professor Peter Singer, both because Prof Singer teaches at an Ivy League School and because Prof Singer is an extremist.
So, lest the ball touch the ground, here is the Senior political columnist for The Washington Examiner, Timothy P. Carney, asking "Who is the real extremist on abortion?". Again, it depends upon when you reason life begins.
I quote The InstaPundit in full (actually, Elizabeth Price Foley, blogging for Prof Glenn Reynolds, at 7:34 this morning):
ABORTION EXTREMISM: By the progressives. Timothy Carney’s column in the Washington Examiner explains why it’s the Obama, not Romney, campaign that is extreme on the issue of abortion. And I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again (because virtually no one understands this): Overruling Roe v. Wade would not–I repeat not–make abortion illegal. It would only make abortion something that would be decided state-by-state rather than imposed from the Supreme Court down, in a one-size-fits-all solution for the country.Regards — Cliff
Many lawyers I know oppose Roe v. Wade because–as Carney points out–it is a truly awful opinion, in terms of legal reasoning (or lack thereof). But they don’t necessarily, as a political matter, think that if Roe is overruled, their state legislatures should then make abortion unavailable.
The constitutional right ssue and the “legal availability” issue are apples and oranges.