There Are No Armed Guards At The State Borders
And there won’t be, either. Linda Hirshman (free registration required) commits the worst kind of high-school, debate-tactics, hysterical fear mongering screeding in the WaPo this Sunday morning, right there in the opinion pages.
In the 1980s, when abortion was severely limited in then-West Germany, border guards sometimes required German women returning from foreign trips to undergo vaginal examinations to make sure that they hadn’t illegally terminated a pregnancy while they were abroad. According to news stories and other accounts, the guards would stop young women and ask them about drugs, then look for evidence of abortion, such as sanitary pads or nightgowns, in their cars, and eventually force them to undergo a medical examination — as West German law empowered them to do.
West Germany? Did she mean to invoke East Germany? Technically, this isn’t a Godwin violation, but it might as well be.
Sounds like a nightmare of a police state, doesn’t it? Like something that could never happen in this day and age — and certainly not in the United States? But depending upon the outcome of this presidential election, it could happen here. This is how.
Oh give me a break. This didn’t just become a political screed, did it? The piece was born that way, with a stated bias for the Democratic presidential candidate. Fine. She can do that in this country. But this lawyer and former professor of law and philosophy is playing fast and loose with the facts, projecting her political fears into a future that exists only in her nightmares, calling it reality, while ignoring certain other facts that she does not find comforting.
It seems a long way from McCain’s bold statement that life begins at conception to police cars waiting on an abortion clinic side street in Granite City. But it’s not. If the law were to take this post- Roe course, Americans’ lives would be determined by their state citizenship in ways unseen since the Civil War. Professional legal scholars have traced the developments step by step.
Um… no, they haven’t. The facts with which she’s not comfortable? The over 28 million abortions that have been performed since 1972 (a number that is also reported to be as high as 40 million) have not all been performed when the life of the mother is in danger. Not even close. There is another side to this, but the WaPo isn’t telling anyone.