Is Obamacare the Right's new Roe v. Wade?

If you think the Supreme Court's ruling that Obamacare is constitutional is the end of the debate, think again. This is one of those cases where history has a HUGE lesson to teach us. Back before 1973, abortion was illegal nationwide. I'm old enough to remember a girl in my highschool in Lansing, Michigan who, in 1967, died of sepsis from an illegal abortion. One day she was there, and a week later she was dead. Her dad worked at Oldsmobile and had health insurance, but it didn't cover abortions because they were illegal. The rich girls had their parents get them a D&C operation in the hospital, and everybody knew that when a 17-year-old girl was "getting a D&C," it was code for an early-term abortion. But this girl's parents didn't have the money to pay for a hospital procedure that wasn't covered by insurance, so she tried the coat hanger method, and died. Many people old enough to remember 1973 can tell you similar stories. Back in 1973, many, many Americans knew similar stories - for example, Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell had a clerk whose girlfriend died from a botched self-administered abortion, and Powell helped him cover it up. Which is why when the Supreme Court struck down the nation's anti-abortion laws in 1973 in Roe v. Wade, well over half of Americans agreed with the decision. So when Roe v. Wade was decided, Democrats figured that was the end of the issue. The Supreme Court had spoken. Let's move ahead, they said, and deal with bigger issues, like the ...

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