Monday, July 7, 2008

"Mental Distress" Redux

If you didn't see this coming, you have no one to blame but yourself! In The Swamp in yesterday's Baltimore Sun is another interview with Barack Obama as he "clarifies" his abortion stance - again - in terms of a woman's "mental distress." You don't say - once again, "What Obama Really Meant" is the news du jour (and tip of the hat to BTD at I can scarcely keep up. (Hmm - maybe that is his plan - keep changing his mind a gazillion times so that every single person will THINK he agrees with THEIR position. No doubt, they will be able to point to some time and place in which he said exactly what they believe.)

This time, in response to the reporter's question regarding if mental distress should count in considering a late term abortion, WORM said this:

Obama: "My only point is this -- historically I have been a strong believer in a women's right to choose with her doctor, her pastor and her family. And it is ..I have consistently been saying that you have to have a health exception on many significant restrictions or bans on abortions including late-term abortions.

In the past there has been some fear on the part of people who, not only people who are anti-abortion, but people who may be in the middle, that that means that if a woman just doesn't feel good then that is an exception. That's never been the case.

I don't think that is how it has been interpreted. My only point is that in an area like partial-birth abortion having a mental, having a health exception can be defined rigorously. It can be defined through physical health, It can be defined by serious clinical mental-health diseases. It is not just a matter of feeling blue. I don't think that's how pro-choice folks have interpreted it. I don't think that's how the courts have interpreted it and I think that's important to emphasize and understand."

Well, golly gee willikers - I don't think that is a whole lot better, there Obama! Still waffling, still trying to appease all sides, and still acting like women: 1. should CARE what you thinks; and 2. like we need your patronizing permission on ANY of this, especially since YOU ARE NOT A DOCTOR! Or a PASTOR! OR a WOMAN!! There are LAWS about this already, there, Skippy, and you don't have to like them or agree with them, but they exist (excellent comment on yesterday's post here that includes a lot of information on "Doe," the court decision that addresses mental distress).


There are two very good posts on this I would like to commend to you, one by Ann Althouse, an attorney, and the other the author of Fausta's Blog. They can both be accessed through This Link.

I wonder what flip-flops today will bring?? Oh, I can hardly WAIT!!!


Mary Ellen said...

And the WORM turns again! You may be on to something, his supporters are dumb enough that they won't be able to keep up with his flip-flopping and they'll go back to resorting to chants of "Yes He Can!" Which is true...yes he can flip flop with the best of them.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

LOL - No doubt! I swear, they'll do a little Google search, see that he said, "Why yes, I'll filibuster FISA extra spying crapola!" and they'll be happy! Or public campaign fnancing or what-have-you without bothering to look at all of the other entries on those subjects to see that ACTUALLY, he changed his mine! Once, twice, three times to inifnity and beyond!! Sheesh.

Oh, and apparently, he is getting his Super-Ego-Sized wish of the football stadium in which to proclaim himself King of the World. I'm abt to be ill...

Mary Ellen said...

Amy- I just saw something on CNN or MSNBC about the stadium. Of course, they are saying that this is what JFK did when he delivered his famous Frontier Speech, so you know where this is all coming from. It's the DNC trying to make everyone believe that he is another JFK.

Think about it, the DNC is doing EXACTLY what the GOP has done, they are just superimposing JFK over Ronald Reagan. Honestly, I feel like the Democratic party has turned into a clone of the GOP. They are using swift-boat tactics against McCain, sucking up to the Evangelical crowd by offering faith-based initiatives that exceed what George Bush did (can you imagine who that money will go to? Farrakhan or Wright, ya think?) It's like a nightmare, bizzaro world.

One thing that makes me smile, I'll bet Obama almost crapped in his pants when they had to make an emergency landing on his flight today. I could just picture him climbing over everyone else to get to the door if it were more serious. I also noticed that he was shook up enough that when he delivered his economic speech, he was reading it directly from a piece of paper with absolutely no sign that he understood what he was reading...nothing but a laundry list of promises that he'll break.!

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

I know - he's JFK and MLK all rolled up into ONE! All of this is so INCREDIBLY superficial - that just grates on me SO much! WHAT has Obama done in his life that would even bring him CLOSE to a comparison with JFK? MLK? NOTHING!!! Absolutely freaking NOTHING! Those two men demonstrated an intestinal fortitude, a commitment, a PASSION, to do the right thing, not just for themselves, but for people who counted on them. ANd they both put their lives on the line. Obama? He is all abt Obama, all the time. And he has NOTHING to show for himself!

How did people in this country become so blind?? I just do not get it. I really don't.

HYSTERICAL image of Obama throwing people out of the way to get to the emergency exist first - you KNOW he would! He'd trample children and old ladies to be the first one down that slide!!

I am just sitting here shaking my head at what he and the DNC have done. It is staggering...

Oh - my dream is that a TON of Hilalry supporters will take over the stadium chanting and yelling and stomping our feet for HILLARY to be the nominee!! :-)