Things I never thought would happen but did.
Just asked Whip Clyburn about the Dobbs decision: “It’s a little anticlimactic, I think we all expected this. And I'm hopeful, you know I have to read the decision to see exactly the extent to which we can move legislatively to respond to it.”
— Dylan Wells (@dylanewells) June 24, 2022
This is actually the proper response.
Look at the poll numbers.
If you actually ask Americans what they want about 78% want some form of legal abortion with restrictions.
The vast majority (that 78%) agree to at least abortion in cases of rape, incest, to protect the health of the mother, and in cases of severe birth defects in the unborn child. The majority, about 65% of Americans, agree to some form of abortion for convenience (abortion for reasons other than the aforementioned) limited to the first trimester, generally between nine and twelve weeks. Those same people also do not support third trimester or partial birth abortion.
The “ban all abortions, no exceptions for any reason” and “fully legal, no apology, no restrictions” sides are the loudest but are also the minority. They are the 22% left over from the 78% who want legal abortion with restrictions.
So a rational federal government could easily come up with a law that says something to the effect of “abortion will be legal unger the conditions of rape, incest, to protect the health of the mother, and in cases of severe birth defects in the unborn child, and for convenience up to nine weeks and states can decide if they want to extend that cutoff to up to 24 weeks.”
That right there would immediately satisfy at least two-thirds of the country.
California, New York, and other Blue states would opt for 24 weeks. Deep Red states would opt for nine weeks. Purple states would probably split the difference to between 12 and 15 weeks.
The radical 10% on each side would be angry, but fuck them. We shouldn’t be held hostage by the fringes on each side.
I don’t know what Jim Clyburn would propose for a law but at least it seems from this statement that he’s willing to do the sober work of trying to figure it out.
That is the correct response from a responsible legislator.
All the Democrat politicians shrieking and saying people need to take to the streets are doing it wrong.
Is never thought I’d have respect for Jim Clyburn, but in this instance I do. He at least has some inkling of how the legislature is supposed to work.