Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Democrats -- the party of conscience (not!)

From Debra J. Saunders

You know the world is changing when the left — which used to believe in respecting choice and requiring businesses to accommodate workers' personal preferences — opposes choice and letting individual workers say no to tasks they find morally abhorrent, while the right — which used to stand for letting businesses choose policies that promote their bottom line — supports laws that could force employers to accommodate workers whose personal scruples prevent them from selling a product. Yet that's exactly what you get as Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and other Democrats introduce bills that would force pharmacists to sell birth-control pills and emergency-contraception pills such as RU-486 and Plan B, even if the pharmacist is morally opposed to one of these forms of birth control. The issue here isn't hypocrisy. The issue is that these laws can present serious consequences. Do Americans want the government to tell a business what it has to sell? Some states have laws protecting pharmacists' conscientious objections. Do employees have a right to expect legal protections that allow them to say no to tasks to which they morally object? And: How can feminists — read Boxer — say they support 'choice,' as they conspire to outlaw the right of pharmacists to make a choice they don't like?
There's more, but this is really the heart of the matter. I'm wondering when Boxer's loony, inconsistent, selfish world view will finally catch up with her and bite her in the bottom.