On Abortion, Michele Bachmann Is the Most Hypocritical Candidate

michele bachmannAt a Republican presidential primary forum on Monday, Michele Bachmann showed just how hypocritical she can be when it comes to controversial social issues like abortion rights.

The candidates were asked whether they would enter a showdown with the Supreme Court -- which ruled in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that abortion is allowed under the constitution -- specifically by passing a bill through Congress to make abortion illegal. Mitt Romney took a moderate stance, saying that a constitutional amendment is not something he would precipitate; his strategy, like many Republicans, would be to appoint anti-abortion justices. Bachmann, however, took a much more conservative position ... and came off looking like a giant hypocrite in the process.

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Here's the reason she gave for why she would confront the Supreme Court head-on by passing a bill to make abortion illegal:

If the Supreme Court, by a plurality of the justices, may impose their own personal morality on the rest of the nation, then we are quite literally being ruled by those individuals as opposed to giving our consent to the people's representatives.

But isn't "imposing [her] own personal morality on the rest of the nation" what Bachmann continues to do again and again in her bid for the GOP nomination (and ultimately the presidency)? This is a candidate who has described herself as a "woman of prayer," who repeatedly refers to her own Christian faith, said that God told her to run for President, and "joked" that God sent Hurricane Irene. It's this very same Christian faith and morality -- that are so pervasive in her own life -- that inform her position on such issues as abortion and gay rights, which she then looks to impose on Americans. How can she not recognize the irony in her own statement?

And at the end of the day, here's the thing about abortion that I wish conservative candidates like Bachmann would admit: It's legal. Therefore, any talk of "confronting" the Supreme Court and overriding its 38-year-old decision with a bill is making a giant deal out of an issue that has been resolved. And there are plenty of other non-resolved issues -- ahem, the economy? -- that deserve our undivided attention instead.

 

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