Why can’t Michael Bloomberg run a fleet of abortion buses?

“The Case for Accepting Defeat on Roe” (NYT, Sunday, by a law professor):

Maybe it is time to face the fact that abortion access will be fought for in legislatures, not courts.

In “Unpregnant,” the HBO bildungsroman released this month, the plot revolves around a 17-year-old heroine who travels from Missouri to Albuquerque — a road trip of 1,000 miles — because that’s the nearest place she can get an abortion without parental consent. Watching it made me recall a conversation with a feminist friend, who shocked the hell out of me last year by saying that progressives were too focused on protecting Roe v. Wade.

Why? The argument is that we currently have the worst of both worlds. We’ve basically lost the abortion fight: If Roe is overturned, access to abortion will depend on where you live — but access to abortion already depends on where you live. At the same time, we have people voting for Donald Trump because he’ll appoint justices who will overturn Roe. Maybe it is time to face the fact that abortion access will be fought for in legislatures, not courts.

Saint RBG’s flirtation with heresy:

So what should we do now? Often forgotten is that R.B.G. herself had decided that Roe was a mistake. In 1992, she gave a lecture musing that the country might be better off if the Supreme Court had written a narrower decision and opened up a “dialogue” with state legislatures, which were trending “toward liberalization of abortion statutes” (to quote the Roe court). Roe “halted a political process that was moving in a reform direction and thereby, I believe, prolonged divisiveness and deferred stable settlement of the issue,” Justice Ginsburg argued. In the process, “a well-organized and vocal right-to-life movement rallied and succeeded, for a considerable time, in turning the legislative tide in the opposite direction.”

The billionaires trying to cleanse American politics from the filth of Republicanism could, for a tiny fraction of what they’re spending to defeat the hated Trumpenfuhrer, purchase and operate a fleet of buses painted with “Bloomberg’s Abortion Caravan” on the side. Have the buses continuously tour the U.S. and anyone who wants an abortion can hop on to be driven to, for example, Maskachusetts. We have abortion on demand up to 24 weeks; abortion of a “fetus” after 24 weeks available in the sole discretion of a single physician concluding that “a continuation of her pregnancy will impose on [the pregnant woman] a substantial risk of grave impairment of her physical or mental health.” (And, for maximum logical consistency, we also require insurance companies to ladle out $millions to preserve the life of a “baby” born at 21 or 22 weeks!)

Also from the law professor… If Allah wills it, future Americans who aren’t aborted will be paying taxes at higher rates (but we promise that the higher rates will apply only to those deemed “rich”)…

I’m still reluctant to embrace the “overrule and move on” strategy, but moving on may be our only choice. And if abortion stops playing such a role in presidential elections, then Democrats may fare better with the 19 percent of Trump voters who have bipartisan voting habits and warm feelings toward minorities; we know 83 percent of them think the economy is rigged in favor of the rich and 68 percent favor raising taxes on the rich.

Once their presidential vote is not driven by Supreme Court appointments, how many might decide to vote on economic issues? And what greater tribute could there be to R.B.G. than both a legislative restoration of abortion rights, and a new Democratic Party that can win — not just by a hair but by a landslide?

Readers: What do you think? Democrats say that the want to provide abortions to more people (not “more women” because men can get pregnant and nurse babies as well) and Democrats have $billions at their disposal. If practical access to abortion is their sincere goal, why aren’t they already using these $billions, combined with Chinese diesel and electric bus technology, to provide practical access to abortion everywhere in the U.S.?

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6 thoughts on “Why can’t Michael Bloomberg run a fleet of abortion buses?

  1. The Bloomie idea is an interesting one since he seems to have way more money than he knows what to do with, first spending a billion to finance a quixotic campaign and then financing a personal vendetta against the President. In fact he could be the poster child for a wealth tax. Though he might not have seen the movie Gosnell, which might make him queasy about spending his money to finance late stage abortions. He also might not be aware that abortion is a terrific scheme to reduce the number of African Americans in the US. https://www.wsj.com/articles/lets-talk-about-the-black-abortion-rate-1531263697
    He might also be unaware of just how Harry Blackmun, the author of Roe v. Wade, discovered the abortion “right” in the Constitution. See Robert George’s Conscience and its Enemies at 239-43.

  2. Not sure this makes any sense. Mr. Bloomberge has long been a lover of aviation and abortion. Why would he not combine both of his loves and make an abortion airlines? If an abortion were to occur in the air and an emergency happened with the flight would a pre aborted baby consider a “soul”?

  3. It’s funny that the Times analysis and the HBO thing are basically what I thought (and I hadn’t seen either). The liberalizing trend in state legislatures all but guarantees very liberal abortion regulations in most of the country and the 14th Amendment mistake would finally be fixed, like it should have been decades ago.

    • It’s about federal funding, and they’ll find a way to get that in too, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

  4. It is so sad to see journalist getting their priority messed up. It is easy to write about a subject that no matter how hard you try, no one scream foul about. If abortion is such an important issue, isn’t education equality or more important? If those opinion writers got the balls, they need to write about how our education system is going down the drain especially now how teachers are holding schools and the country hostage because, gasp, they and their families will die from COVID-19.

    Be it abortion is freely available or not, paid in full by the government or not, means nothing if the next generation cannot read post 6th grad level.

    Finally, we use to have smart immigrants coming to this country and make us great. Soon, no one will want to come here to save us.

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