Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued a legal opinion today on the subject of state regulation of abortion clinics at the request of Delegate Bob Marshall, something sure to send infanticide apologists into a frenzy. As with Cuccinelli’s opinion on the authority of state law enforcement officers to question suspected illegal aliens about their immigration status, it hardly breaks new ground, but deviating in any way from the liberal party line always gets the moonbats in a lather.
Based on a thorough review of existing law and relevant prior court decisions, the attorney general’s opinion is that the commonwealth has the authority to regulate, so long as the regulations adhere to constitutional limitations as articulated by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Greenville Women’s Clinic v. Bryant. The court said that state regulations that do not interfere with the woman’s status as the ultimate decisionmaker, that serve “a valid purpose,” and that do not “strike at the [abortion] right itself,” are valid regulations.
The left is petrified that by requiring these “clinics” to have medical facilities commensurate with the internal medical procedures they perform will result in a majority of these clinics going out of business, so their starting position in this debate is that any regulations Virginia would impose would inevitably deviate from the opinion Cuccinelli just wrote. Instead of actually looking at the rather clear wording of the opinion which talks specifically about the limits of permitted potential regulations under the law, they’re already starting with the presumption that any regulations that could possibly be implemented will utterly strip women of their current legal right to murder their unborn children and serve no purpose other than to effectively outlaw abortion. Once again, reading comprehension is proven to be a skill particularly challenging for the left.
The recent opinions of the Attorney General don’t break any new legal ground and adhere to the flawed state of current jurisprudence almost to a degree that it frustrates conservatives, who would be much happier if, say, General Cuccinelli declared that under the Virginia Constitution the Commonwealth had no authority to regulate the possession of firearms by persons not proscribed by federal law, and effectively did away with all state laws regarding the manufacture, transfer or carry of firearms. He’d be right to do such a thing, but that’s not the way this Attorney General operates. He simply lays out in clear terms what the current law is, teeing up legislative opportunities for conservative bulls like Delegate Marshall to ram through the General Assembly and towards the Governor’s desk. He set’s ‘em up, and Bob (and others) knock ‘em down.
Unless you subscribe to the notion that liberals are idiots who can’t read, you have to come to the conclusion that’s what liberals are most concerned about. Having someone issue opinions that don’t conform to the law and which are easily struck down by the courts shouldn’t be of great concern to them. It’s a fundraising opportunity, it gives them ammunition to claim conservatives are wrong, and the courts eventually humiliate such efforts. What concerns them is someone who carefully points out not the “living interpretation” of current law, but what it actually means, lending ammunition to conservatives in the executive and the legislature to dismantle all that screwy social engineering that wasn’t supported by law or reason in the first place.
Ken Cuccinelli is a liberal’s worst nightmare. That’s why they’re howling. It’s not that they can’t read, it’s that they have to find some way to counter, and demagoguery is about the only tactic left open to them.
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