I am stunned almost beyond words to read these arguments by Dawn Johnsen, the woman Mr. Obama has chosen to head the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. Read it carefully, please, because the implications have a reach that would have been unimaginable even in the virulently pro-abortion Clinton administration:
Statutes that curtail [a woman's] abortion choice are disturbingly suggestive of involuntary servitude, prohibited by the Thirteenth Amendment, in that forced pregnancy requires a woman to provide continuous physical service to the fetus in order to further the state's asserted interest.
And in the same brief to the Supreme Court:
[The woman] is constantly aware for nine months that her body is not wholly her own: the state has conscripted her body for its own ends. Thus, abortion restrictions "reduce pregnant women to no more than fetal containers."
Just in case your last course in ConLaw was a few too many years ago, let me remind you: the Thirteenth Amendment outlawed slavery. Yes, my friends, ponder...this woman, who will no doubt carry great influence in the Obama world, holds a view which equates even the weakest abortion restrictions with slavery!
Paul Mirengoff of Powerline Blog comments:
Johnsen's appointment is consistent with the emerging (and entirely predictable) trend of the Obama administration -- appoint non-radical liberals and a few centrists to cabinet level positions, and then populate key sub-cabinet jobs with radicals.
I said it before the election and I haven't budged: this was bigger than our dissatisfaction with the Republican candidate. This administration is not here to teach conservatives a lesson. They may well be making changes from which this country cannot and will not recover, either morally or economically. Yes, I believe God is sovereign. And He will sovereignly hold us responsible for refusing the meal because we couldn't get the dessert with it.
Our grandchildren, and the generations yet unborn, will shake their heads in disbelief.
Dawn Johnsen, radically disingenuous
hat tip: The Papa
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