Roe and Still More Hypocrisy

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March 22 2008 1:09 PM

Roe and Still More Hypocrisy

Dawn, you've hit the nail on the head .  What hypocrites!  To think that we would believe that they are against abortion just because they are trying to shut down abortion clinics.  I hadn't realized that their nefarious scheme is to increase the number of abortions by reducing the availability of contraceptives!  How could I have been so easily fooled?

Jack, I'm afraid you'll need to revise your theory that Republican leaders surreptitiously want to preserve Roe so that they can maintain a coalition that will dissolve if Roe is overturned.  In light of Dawn's argument, you will need to claim that Republican leaders pretend they want to overturn Roe, on behalf of a constituency that pretends that it wants to reduce the number of abortions.  Politics can be so confusing!

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