Gonzales v. Carhart certainly pissed me off, as it did anyone who was paying attention and has a heart. Therefore, I am delighted to see a mainstream women’s publication inviting thoughtful writers to discuss the decision in the Elle feature, The Incredible Shrinking Woman.
One writer compares the language used in this opinion with the language in Roe v. Wade. The author notes, “We hear about "the life of the unborn" and "the life within the woman," but not once about the life of the woman. Indeed, the most important—the only important—thing about her life is its potential for motherhood.” She goes on to compare Justice Kennedy’s patronizing tone with other arguments used to keep women down such as “You are too mentally challenged to master the rigors of a higher education, so we'll keep you out of universities for your own good.”
With a publication like Elle speaking out against the anti-choice agenda, maybe there is hope for this country. Or maybe they are just going to get a lot of angry letters to the editor. I hope for the former.