03/06/2006 05:54 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Road from Nader-LaDuke to Coat Hangers Goes Thru South Dakota


This is getting real, real tiresome, I know. But I am wondering how many of you who voted for Nader in 2000 rather than Al Gore really believe that Al Gore would have appointed an anti-choice Supreme Court "Justice" in the mold of Samuel Alito.

A Justice whose ascendancy to the Court would embolden South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds to sign legislation today that if upheld, would sentence SD MDs to five years in jail if they perform abortions -- even in the case of rape or incest.

A Justice whose ascendancy to the Court would either force South Dakota women who wish to terminate their pregnancy out of state, or to a back alley where the coat hanger you see in this collage would be wielded in some back-alley or safe house (safe, that is, until it is raided by the state police)

And don't give me any guff about how the Supreme Court gave the state to Bush in 2000. If only 1% of the more than 97,000 Floridians who voted for Nader had voted their second choice, then Gore would have been elected in 2000 -- with the advantages that incumbency brings.