Yesterday was the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. Over at The Federalist, Mollie Hemingway has a great piece up about the total GOP-instigated debacle over the 20-week abortion bill that was, until the last second, headed for sure passage. Writes Hemingway:
Sixty percent of voters said they would support it, while 33 percent said they were opposed. Even Democrats were evenly divided (46 percent to 47 percent) on the question. We’re one of just a small handful of countries, including notorious human rights violators North Korea and China, that allow late-term abortion.
And yet somehow the Republicans managed to make a disaster of passing the bill. Instead of passing the legislation and sending it to the Republican-controlled Senate, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was pulled at the last minute and replaced with a bill that bans taxpayer funding of abortion.
What in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks just happened? It takes a special combination of incompetence and cowardice to miss an easy lay-up like this, but apparently the new Republican Congress has it in spades.
It’s worth reading the rest of Hemingway’s piece, if only to get a glimpse of the ham-handedness with which our new Republican Congress seems to bungle what should be simple legislative victories.