Tuesday, March 07, 2006

New World Order

So the South Dakota ban has passed. The reactions to it, however, have been exceedingly bizarre.

The Carpetbagger Report has some not-so-enthusiastic reaction from pro-life and strangely enthusiastic reaction from the pro-choice side.

William Saletan explores a very strange loophole and what it's apparent purpose must be.

Bitch, PhD has more links, including a disturbing video.

Reynolds reminds us that though he's a rightwing darling he is a libertarian and his libertarianism includes being pro-choice. I think every day Reynolds is getting closer to hopping off his short trip on the Republican bus, and this is bringing it closer.

Strangely, I don't see much at all coming from the usual deep wingers. Not much from staunch Catholics Bainbridge and the Anchoress either. Could it be they don't think this is so important? I think the reaction (or lack thereof) says a lot. This has been somewhat of a non-event for several reasons. Much of the pro-life crowd is not ready to tout it because it goes so far and gambles big, attempting to take down Roe in one shot. A lot of pro-lifers want more of an incremental approach to reach that goal, or something close to it. Even National Review is skeptical about the approach, and that says something.

Meanwhile, pro-choicers are ready for a fight. They didn't get the one out of Roberts and Alito they wanted, since the two of them were expert bullet-dodgers. But this, this is a big, obvious, bullseye for them. The court battle should be interesting, and it should really tell us whether we're going to enter a post-Roe era and what the politics of that will look like. It'll also be nasty and demeaning to the entire political sphere. So buckle up, this is going to be a bumpy ride and a lot of lives are about to be swept up in it.