Spanish Omen

Yesterday I briefly noted the back-tracking of the governing conservative party in Spain after protests and bad polling data met the promulgation of a law banning most abortions.

The more I thought about it, this development should be regarded as an omen for our own Republican Party, which is committed to an even harsher abortion regime than that proposed for Spain. It’s true that under our system the federal courts rather than Congress are where a radical turn in abortion policy would most likely occur. But next time Republicans control Congress as well as the presidency, I think at a minimum we’ll see some sort of major freakout inspired by anti-choicers, similar to the Terri Schiavo incident that occured last time they were in charge.

In any event, I wrote up this meditation for TPMCafe, so feel free to check it out at your leisure.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.