"PLANNED PARENTHOOD. WE'LL GET RID OF THAT."
What was most vile and idiotic about it wasn't that Mr. Romney didn't know that an administration cannot simply snap fingers and say "Begone!" to private organizations. It wasn't that he didn't know there may be constitutional issues attending to a congressional attempt to stanch the relatively small amount of public funding that Planned Parenthood does receive. It wasn't that the comment centers on abortion, three-percent of the services the organization provides.
Most vicious is the off-hand, flick-of-the-wrist dismissivenes, the casual, mosquito-swatting condescension.
And yet, lost may be the steady federal courts' nationwide rejection of the moves in many states to fly-swat Planned Parenthood and the women and families it serves (and often saves). The Texas cases are well-known, as are others in the prairie. Just last week we won in the Midwest's heart, in Indiana.
In spring, 2011, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed a law that sought to stop his state's Planned Parenthood chapter from receiving any Medicaid funds for general health services for Indiana's poorest women. Breast cancer screenings, for example, would have been just one vital service threatened.
Here's the good news:
In late October, the Seventh Federal Circuit Court in Chicago upheld the Indiana Federal District Court's 2011 ruling -- subsequently challenged by Governor Daniels -- holding that Indiana's law was unconstitutional because it effectively trampled on a woman's right to choose her doctor.
"We'll Get Rid of That"?
Justice is too tough for such casual evil.