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Is Abortion Nasty or Nice?

Per The Hill:

Massachusetts lawmakers have passed a bill that will repeal a more-than-150-year-old law banning abortion, a response to fears about the future of Roe v. Wade as President Trump nominates his second Supreme Court justice.

The Negating Archaic Statutes Targeting Young Women — or NASTY Women Act — is expected to be signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, Time reported Monday.

The bill officially repeals a 173-year-old law against “procuring a miscarriage” — even though abortion is already legal in the state, as well as nationwide, following Roe v. Wade.

It’s a touch peculiar, is it not, that the drafters went to such lengths to secure an acronym for the bill that spelled out “NASTY”? Yes, Trump used those words to describe Hillary Clinton, and yes, that annoyed Hillary’s most vehement acolytes. But the popular pro-abortion take these days is that it’s “just a common medical procedure,” and that women should under no circumstances be judged for undergoing one. Indeed, the words “abortion” or “termination” are almost never used in our present debate; instead, advocates use every sanitized euphemism they can marshal, and then pretend to be offended when their critics object to their circumlocution. Quite how inserting the words “Nasty” and “Women” into a bill decriminalizing abortion aids that cause is beyond me. How badly we have deformed our language to accommodate this evil.

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