Why should a committee be in charge of a woman's body?
Obama's abortion formula* drives me nuts. From the debate transcript:
[OBAMA] What ultimately I believe is that women in consultation with their families, their doctors, their religious advisers, are in the best position to make this decision.
Because I can't see the logic of it. Either the woman is in the "best position," or a sort of committee, composed of the woman (indeed, we've come a long way), her family, and various religious and medical experts is in the "best position."
Why would Obama believe that a committee is in the "best position" instead of the woman herself?
I can't see the logic of it at all. Why not let the woman decide for herself what kind of help she needs, if any, instead of deciding for her what kind of help she needs?
And, further, it seems to me that Roe matters a lot less than the kind of social norm Obama wants to establish. What if he uses faith-based programs -- as he has said he will -- to turn his beliefs into public policy? So I'm not re-assured by the "litmus test" elsewhere in the transcript at all.
NOTE * One typical response is, "Oh, that's what Obama has to say." A strange sort of faith, where you have to believe your candidate's lying to you in order to support them!