Feinstein Et Al on "Control"

This post was written in reference to California Senator Diane Feinstein's question to Judge John Roberts during the senate hearing in regards to his position on abortion, which, of course, at the time, was not really called that, rather it was worded in such a way that Roberts, had he not the brilliant mind that he does, might have been pinned in a corner. Here are my thoughts on that exchange, and the principle of hedging questions and coining new phrases in politics for the sole purpose of avoiding what is is.

Senator Feinstein to Judge Roberts (full transcript here--scroll down):
For me -- and I said this to you privately, and I'll say more about it in my time on questions -- one of the most important issues that needs to be addressed by you is the constitutional right to privacy.

I'm concerned by a trend on the court to limit this right and thereby to curtail the autonomy that we have fought for and achieved; in this case, over just simply controlling our own reproductive system rather than having some politicians do it for us.

It would be very difficult -- and I said this to you privately and I said it publicly -- for me to vote to confirm someone whom I knew would overturn Roe v. Wade, because I remember -- and many of the young women here don't -- what it was like when abortion was illegal in America.

As a college student at Stanford, I watched the passing of the plate to collect money so a young woman could go to Tijuana for a back-alley abortion. I knew a young woman who killed herself because she was pregnant.

And in the 1960s then, as a member of the California Women's Board of Terms and Parole, when California had what was called the indeterminant sentence law, I actually sentenced women who committed abortions to prison terms. I saw the morbidity. I saw the injuries they caused. And I don't want to go back to those days.

How the court decides future cases could determine whether both the beginning of life and the end of life decisions remain private, or whether individuals could be subject to government intrusion or perhaps the risk of prison.

One thing the Left has down to a brilliant science is coining misleading phrases to mask truth and reality. One such example of this brilliance is in the case of abortion. You would be hard pressed to ever find one feminist or "women's rights activist" (see...there it is right there) call abortion, abortion, unless of course they're speaking about how horrible it was when it was illegal. Instead, you'll hear phrases such as:

"A Woman's Right to Choose." "A Woman's Right to Control Her Reproductive System." "Pro-Choice." And the list goes on ad infinitum.

But my favorite is the middle phrase: The champion cause of feminists everywhere is to protect a woman's "right to privacy" and her "right to control her reproductive system." This is laughable. Since when has a woman ever been able to control her reproductive system?! Every girl over the age of 13 can tell you she has no control whatsoever over her body. Our reproductive system controls everything about our life. It loves to store fat around our waist and hips. It can influence emotions, physical well being and the psychological well being of men everywhere.

At best a woman can simply monitor and possibly keep her reproductive system at bay, so to speak, using methods such as birth control. Even then, that doesn't control the reproductive system, it simply prevents it from taking over to an even greater extent.

This rhetoric is bogus. Any woman post puberty can tell you that there's no way we can tame the beast that is the female body. And any man, if he didn't fear for his life, would second that emotion. It's a brilliant tactic to claim that a man would remove a woman's control by denying her legal access to kill the fetus/baby living within her. And I haven't even gotten to the fact that the baby isn't part of the system, it's a product of it. That's for another day.

In the meantime, if you haven't already noticed the propaganda used by the left, specifically in this case, I hope this helps you wise up to the underhanded methods with which lefties bully pro-life individuals. Diane Feinstein might as well have asked Judge Roberts if her pant suit made her butt look big. 

Posted by Portia at September 22, 2005 12:29 AM | TrackBack

A triumph. I'm keeping this one.

Posted by: Captoe at September 22, 2005 10:47 AM

Thank you! It came to me last night. I have more to expound upon, but I'll save it until I can make it sound like something more than random musings.

Posted by: Portia at September 22, 2005 02:54 PM

Brava! Brava!

And I know a certain 48-year-old who can tell you that "Mother" Nature has got a mean streak - or a really twisted sense of humor.

Posted by: Night Writer at September 22, 2005 05:49 PM