Tuesday, July 29, 2008


In the 2000 primary, [McCain] was asked what he would do if his daughter Meghan, then 15, became pregnant. McCain said it would be a "family decision."

"The final decision would be made by Meghan with our advice and counsel," McCain said, referring to himself and his wife, Cindy. When reporters suggested that this view made him, in fact, pro-choice, McCain became irritated. "I don't think it is the pro-choice position to say that my daughter and my wife and I will discuss something that is a family matter that we have to decide."

I'm guessing that when McCain says "family decision," he means "a decision made by me, the head of the family"; and when he says "The final decision would be made by Meghan with our advice and counsel," he means, "She'll do what I tell her to as long as she's under my roof." The reason he doesn't consider that a pro-choice position is because it's not one. And it's also worth pointing out that the McCain family (that is to say, his wife) is insanely wealthy, so even if Roe v. Wade were overturned it would make absolutely no difference when it came to his teenage daughter's access to a parentally-approved abortion. This really isn't an inconsistent position at all. McCain just thinks that men (or "families," in Republican-speak) should get to make the final decisions about any pregnancies experienced by their women-folk; and that men who can't afford to pay a premium for safe illegal abortions and/or send their women-folk to somewhere where abortion is legal just shouldn't get the option of having their women-folk's pregnancies aborted.

It is a scary time to be a woman in this country.



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