Hi Vagina News lovelies!
You may have noticed a complete absence of coverage on this page of crazy state abortion bills. That’s not because there haven’t been any recently… Quite the opposite. In the first 3 months of 2013, 14 states have proposed bills that restrict abortion before viability – bills in 10 states would ban abortion almost entirely. And we’re not talking about 1-bill-per-state – the total is more than 300 bills aimed at restricting access to abortion.
So why haven’t I been talking about it? Because I think the story would be better told by some Libertarian website obsessed with big government wasting taxpayer dollars, because that’s what this is really about. Confused?
Here’s the thing. The people sponsoring these bills don’t actually expect them to take affect. The bills are unConstitutional and they know it. They’re counting on it. It’s all part of a strategy by the anti-reproductive-rights movement to get one of these bills in front of the Supreme Court in the hopes of overturning Roe v. Wade (before Scalia finally chokes on his own tongue and Obama gets to appoint another Justice.) And hey, don’t take my word for it, look at the links below, or Google ‘pro life strategy overturn roe’. It’s not a big secret.
Which brings me to the Libertarians. It is INCREDIBLY expensive to try to get a case to the Supreme Court. Alaska recently paid The Center for Reproductive Rights $1.3 million in taxpayer dollars to compensate them for fees related to that state’s recent failed attempt – and they didn’t get anywhere close to the top. North Dakota recently approved a $400k budget increase for the attorney general in preparation for legal challenges, which will barely scratch the surface. In many of these states, legislators have come out and said they don’t care how much these battles cost taxpayers, it’s about the principle.
So while I’m interested in how this strategy progress, and hugely hopeful that Scalia will swallow his own tongue sooner than later, I’m not spending a lot of energy freaking out over these bills. When all is said and done, I think they’re all going to turn out to be a great big pile of massively expensive bad ideas. I just hope progressive candidates in those states remember to mention that in the next election.