Anti-choice activists swarmed Washington yesterday to protest on the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and conservatives naturally used this opportunity to wax apoplectic about the constitutionally-protected reproductive right.
In his “closing argument” yesterday on Fox Business’ Freedom Watch, host Andrew Napolitano lambasted the Supreme Court for deciding that a fetus is “not a person” and that the right to privacy protects a woman’s decision. Equating the ruling to the high court’s Dred Scott decision “in which it ruled that blacks were not persons,” Napolitano later declared the it’s reasoning to be “the philosophical argument underlying the Holocaust“:
NAPOLITANO: How scary is this? The Supreme Court declares a class of humanity not to be persons, and then permits people to destroy members of that class. That’s what happened to blacks during slavery. That was the philosophical argument underlying the Holocaust. That’s what’s happening to babies in the womb, even as I speak. And that might become the basis for the government killing persons it hates or fears in the future.
Napolitano’s outlandish and unrelenting hyperbole was, unfortunately, not an outlier, but more the general tone of Republican remarks this week. Here are four GOP lawmakers who felt inclined to make ridiculous comparisons to belittle a woman’s right to choose:
— Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ): Smith urged a room of anti-abortion activists at the Family Research Council to “unite” under one Republican presidential candidate because “Obama is the enemy of life, as is his people.”
— Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): Speaking at the March for Life rally on Capitol Hill, Gohmert blasted pro-choice advocates for opposing further restrictions on abortion and somehow managed to equate it with the national debt. “My dear friends for life, the same selfish arrogance and reckless disregard that would allow lives to be taken and one generation to take life after life after life from a future generation will also allow a generation to forge chains made of mountains of debt to set on those they do allow to be born,” he said.
— Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN): While no longer in the running, Bachmann said in her first public appearance since dropping out that this year’s presidential elections will end all abortions, ever. “Next year we will gather in a day of celebration when we have finally ended abortion in this all important election,” she foretold.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH): Also speaking at the March for Life event, Jordan insisted that the “vast majority of Americans share the values” of the anti-choice activists. After all, “Our Founders articulated their vision for a pro-life America” and thus it’s only natural that they would detest a decision made hundreds of years later to protect a right derived from the very constitution that they wrote.
But conservatives are offering more than words. Just one month into the new year, House Republicans have already introduced three new anti-choice bills to severely restrict abortion rights. One requires doctors to perform an abortion no less than 24 hours after they receive written certification from a woman seeking an abortion; another prevents women in Washington, DC from seeking abortion after 20 weeks; and the last requires women to view an ultrasound of the fetus before they can go through with the abortion procedure.