Unwilling to run on her lackluster record, Patty Murray has resorted to a series of misleading and dishonest ads attacking Dino Rossi for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with the issues about which people are most concerned. Her latest ad attempts to paint Rossi as an extremist who will turn back the clock on abortion rights.
As I see it, are two extremes in the abortion debate. On the pro abortion side, the extreme position advocates the right to abortion for any person – even minors – for any reason, at any time during gestation up to and including partial birth abortions. In this world view, the right to an abortion is inalienable and requires government protection and facilitation through funding and coercion of health care workers who have sincerely held conscience objections.
On the pro life side, the extreme position advocates the right to life for every human being from the moment of conception. In this world view, abortions would be illegal, even in cases of rape and incest, or when the life of the mother would be endangered by a pregnancy. Conscience objections would be protected.
So let’s compare the positions of Patty Murray and “Turn Back the Clock” Dino Rossi.
Rossi opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the mother’s life. This moves him towards the center, away from the extreme pro-life position.
On the other hand, Patty Murray has, apparently, never met an abortion she wasn’t willing to protect with legislation. She voted against the ban on the barbarous procedure rather euphemistically known as partial birth abortion and against conscience protections for health care workers. Try as I might, I’ve been unable to find any scrap of evidence to support moving Murray towards the center on this issue.