Monday, April 10, 2006

Did Christofferson Defame Mark Green?

Christofferson is all purple-face over the fact that Mark Green is supposedly willing to "let women die." He apparently bases his indignation on the fact that Green expressed the frustration that most pro-lifers feel over the elasticity of exceptions to abortion restrictions to benefit the "health of the mother." The problem with an exception phrased in that way is that it can mean anything from helping with depression (which itself can be no more than I'm upset because I don't want this baby)to procedures that are of aid to the abortionist. Partial birth abortion, for example, is defended by those who would use it as a procedure which is less likely, to put it bluntly, leave body parts in the uterus. The abortionist isn't ever supposed to do that, but this makes it easier not to.

According to Christofferson, Green wants an abortion prohibition with no exception to save the life of the mother.

But has Green ever said that, if Roe is ever resigned to the hell that contains Dred Scott and Plessy, he would propose a prohibition on abortion that does not contain an exception for the life of the mother? Even the Vatican doesn't say that.

The closest Christofferson gets to this is to say that Green wants to "bring back the age-old Wisconsin law that made abortions a felony, with no exceptions."

There are two problems with this statement. The first is that it doesn't have to be "brought back." Its still on the books. The second is that, since it is still on the books, it is easy to see that Wisconsin's abortion law does contain an exception to save the life of the mother.

Even the South Dalota law, that Green may or may not support, has such an exception.


xoff said...

Mark Green is quite capable of speaking for himself on this issue.

Let's see if Mark Green says he supports exceptions to protect a woman's life -- or whether he is endorsed by Pro-Life Wisconsin, which will not endorse candidates who take that position.

Here's some background.

Rick Esenberg said...

He sure is, but aren't you speaking for him in saying that he opposes exceptions to save the life of the mother. I have never heard him say that.

As far as Pro-Life Wisconsin is concerned, they are out there, but its not clear to me whether they really oppose a "life of the mother" exception or are just advocating the Catholic doctrine of secondary effect. The position stated on their website is not absolutely clear, although perhaps they have been les ambiguous elsewhere.

Chris said...

"Mark Green is quite capable of speaking for himself on this issue"

Very funny coming from Jim Doyles ventriloquist dummy.