[Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of news reports from the year 2016 based on Mitt Romney winning the Presidency and Republicans Taking control of the Senate and retaining control of the House. These stories are not a predictions of what will happen, but they are indications of what could happen. That in itself should be scary enough.]
New Fugitive Abortion Seeks Law to Force Police in
Other States to Arrest and Expel Abortion Seekers California
The new laws came after the Supreme Court’s reversal on Roe vs. Wade. A large number of states immediately moved to make abortions illegal for any reason, with violaters to be punished by a minimum of 20 years in jail. As a result, states that retained abortion rights set up programs whereby women who wished to have an abortion could temporarily relocate to that state and have the legal procedure.
Furious anti-abortion rights advocates first tried to get a Constitutional amendment to ban all abortions, but failed to get the necessary votes in Congress. They then turned to the Romney administration, which drafted a law that was modeled after the Fugitive Slave Law. That law required states to detain fugitive slaves and return them to their owners.
“We think that was a great law” said a spokesperson for the group, Arrest and Detain Women, “Slaves were property and every citizen has the obligation to return stolen or lost property to its rightful owner.” The group’s website has explained that “No woman has the right to leave a state and undergo a legal medical procedure in another state” and “by requiring those states to arrest those women and send them back to their home state for prosecution is just as morally right as the law that required states to send escaped slaves back to their owners.”
President Romney said that he opposed such a law, but was signing it anyway because he feared not doing so would damage his re-election chances. “I can always say I was against it” the President said, and “given how voters forgot my past positions in 2012 I am sure nobody will care that I signed a bill I was opposed to.”
The law is expected to pass Constitutional muster as Justice Scalia said he and the other 10 Conservative members of the Supreme Court (2 Justices were added in 2014 by Congress to provide a Conservative majority) had no doubt the Founding Fathers would approve such a law. “The precedent with the Fugitive Slave Law no doubt means this law is valid” said Justice Scalia, “it’s what would have been in the Constitution if Madison and others had just thought about it.”
Mississippi and Texas
have pushed for laws that would require every woman leaving those states to
undergo a full pelvic exam to determine if they were pregnant, and if they were
and were planning to go to a state where abortion was legal they would be
detained until after giving birth. “We
call this crime prevention” said the Governor of Texas.