TOURISTS WHO STOP TO READ MAPS ON SUBWAY STAIRS: LOCK 'EM UP! Rich Lowry argues in re: Giuliani's professed "hatred" of abortion that "Giuliani's 'hate' line rings so false because, temperamentally, he is not one to hate something without outlawing or attempting to discourage it." Roy has the correct response:
CONSENT AND CENSORSHIP. There has been a lot of interestingdiscussion of Garance's WSJ op-ed about raising the age of consent in the porn industry. I should say that I share Avedon and Roy's general libertarian perspective on the issue and probably end up in the same place as they do, but I think they're being a touch unfair to Garance's argument.
THE PROBLEM WITH ANTI-CHOICE ULTRASOUND POLICY. To follow-up on my recent post about William Saletan running interference for anti-choice ultrasound policies, Neilexplains in further detail why the moral inferences Saletan draws from ultrasounds don't actually follow, a persistent problem with his arguments on the subject.
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, HE'LL NEVER BE PRESIDENT. Vanity presidential candidate Joe Biden (D-Bank of America) says that he agrees with the outcome in Cahart II but that the Court's "paternalism" constituted an "intellectually dishonest rationale for an honest justification for upholding the ban." What he doesn't share with us is what an "intellectually honest" justification for upholding the ban would look like. It certainly can't be that the ban protects fetal life, because it doesn't, or because it protects a woman's health, because it actually has a negative impact on women's health.