Tuesday, June 22, 2010


I have pretty much bought into the Judeo-Christian opposition to baby-killing. Not to go all ideological and impose my doctrine on the masses or anything. So let me put my ideological biases out there. Baby-killing, bad. You believe something different, say it loud, say it proud. And watch out for the rocks aimed at your head. Just saying, you cats are out-numbered.

When Ivy League baby-killers are vastly out-numbered by people who despise baby-killing, you got to be silent. Shhhhhhhhhhh. Don't talk about it. Don't use the baby word. In fact you don't even want to use the abortion word.

In Carhart II, Justice Ginsburg complains, "The Court's hostility to the right Roe and Casey secured is not concealed. Throughout, the opinion refers to obstetrician-gynecologists and surgeons who perform abortions not by the titles of their medical specialties, but by the pejorative label 'abortion doctor'."

"Mommy! Mommy! The Republicans keep calling me abortion doctor."

"But sweetie, that's what you do."

"But...but...I'm an obstetrician-gynecologist!"

Maybe Republicans say "abortion doctor" because that's how they advertise in the yellow pages. Right under, "abortion doctor".

Obstetricians, also known as "baby doctor," tend to focus their practice on happy moms. People who are keeping their babies. Justice Ginsburg may be surprised to hear that happy moms do not go to their obstetricians in order to hear all about their termination options. That is an obstetrician who is out on his ass. If he's lucky he's not sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

"Hello. Are we having a D&E or a D&X today?"

"What the fuck?!"

"Oh, sorry. Wrong chart."

This is why in the real world, as opposed to the ideological cant one sometimes reads in Supreme Court opinions, "abortion doctor" is seen as merely descriptive. The negative connotations that Justice Ginsburg sees in the term "abortion doctor" have sprung up from her own dark subconscious.

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