The Arizona legislature, which long ago decided to focus its energies almost exclusively on Problems That Do Not Exist, has finally turned its eye to the terrible non-epidemic of racially-motivated abortions. Yes! The crazy-eyed skinhead state just made it a felony to "knowingly perform or provide financing for an abortion sought because of the race or sex of the fetus or a parent's race."
Now, leave aside for a moment the fact that the law is clearly not at all concerned with race- or sex-based abortions, and rather with creating as many barriers as possible to safe and easy access to abortion, not to mention intimidating abortion providers. And leave aside that the law is likely an unconstitutional violation of a woman's right to privacy, and that its creation likely wasted thousands of dollars of Arizona taxpayers' money. And leave aside the lack of evidence that women in Arizona are seeking abortions over race. Forget all that and ask yourself: Who would stand up for women seeking abortions based on the baby's race?
[Nixon] also saw a need for abortion in some cases - like interracial pregnancies, he said.
"There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white," he told an aide, before adding, "Or a rape."
There you have it: Nixon would hate this law. What else needs to be said?
[Arizona Republic; image via AP]