Magazine article The Nation

Louisiana Gothic

Magazine article The Nation

Louisiana Gothic

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With the Supreme Court ruling on parental consent in Minnesota and Ohio, and the multiple political orgasms of the Louisiana State Legislature, the abortion struggles have reached their rococo stage. No one is dealing in realities; everything is meaningless elaboration. The boys of Baton Rouge were entirely consumed with the race, as they conceived it, for primacy in the campaign to overturn Roe v. Wade. The ludicrous series of votes and vetoes became a sporting event that utterly demeaned the seriousness of women's reproductive rights.

The court in the Minnesota case laid down rules for parental consent and judicial review based on social fantasies that have nothing to do with how thousands of teenage girls from dysfunctional families lead their lives today. "Hmmm. Dad's dead drunk and Mom hasn't talked to me in a year. Guess I'll call Bill Kunstler and see if he can get me a hearing about an abortion. …

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