Saturday, December 16, 2017
Politics

Romano: Court calls out lawmakers for sneaky abortion bill

So, this is an amusing story.

You know, in a truth-defying, irony-producing, only-in-Tallahassee kind of way.

It seems our two latest House speakers — the outgoing Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and the incoming Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes — were both mighty peeved about the state Supreme Court suspending, at least temporarily, a new law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions.

Corcoran accused justices of having personal political biases. Crisafulli invoked every conservative's favorite cliché about "activist'' judges.

With all due respect, give me a stinking break.

It's not politics the judges are ruling on, it's the trampling of the Constitution.

Crisafulli and Corcoran are like drunken drivers who want to lecture about the evils of alcohol to the cop who just pulled them over.

Or, here's another way of looking at it:

These are the same people who scream about the federal government intruding in our lives, and now they want to insert themselves into personal medical decisions?

Let's try putting this in perspective by comparing the debate to another state law currently winding its way through the court system.

You might recall lawmakers in Florida made it illegal for pediatricians to inquire about gun safety in patients' homes. Basically, the state said parents should not be subjected to well-meaning questions, even when it comes to the safety of children.

And yet now they are trying to defend a different law with the exact opposite argument.

They are insinuating that women cannot be trusted to make their own decisions and, thus, the state needs to intervene. They want to force women to ponder their options for 24 hours and make two trips to a clinic, no matter what kind of hardship that presents.

Seems a little hypocritical, doesn't it?

Now, in a big-picture sense, I do understand their supposed concerns. Crisafulli and Corcoran are both worried about politics creeping into state statutes when we should be striving for more middle-of-the-road consistency.

So perhaps a compromise is in order.

Maybe the 24-hour abortion ban is approved as long as parents with guns also have to return to a doctor's office 24 hours after an appointment to reflect on whether they want to hear about gun safety.

Do you think House members will agree?

The reality is Crisafulli and Corcoran are pro-gun and anti-abortion legislators. Nothing wrong with that. A lot of other people in this state feel the exact same way.

The problem is these lawmakers are surreptitiously creating back-door laws to chip away at the freedoms Roe vs. Wade established decades ago. And then, when they are called out on their sneaky little scheme, they have the temerity to accuse the state Supreme Court of playing politics.

Honestly, I don't blame them for acknowledging their beliefs. What I do blame them for is their dishonest attempts to cast the Supreme Court as a villain in a fight started by the Legislature. It is unseemly, and unworthy of their office.

Supreme Court judges aren't activists.

They are preservationists.

It's their job to preserve and protect the Constitution, and all of us, from politicians trying to play fast and loose with their own agendas.

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