Avlon: Overturning Roe ‘Isn’t Conservative,’ Will ‘Undercut’ Democracy

After Tuesday’s Neue Day, CNN’s John Avlon is going to need a new name for his “reality check” statement as he had several factual errors in just the concluding part of his rundown of the leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court will strike down Roe v. WadeThis includes the striking down Roe and allowing for pro-life laws isn’t conservative.

For a man who presents himself as a fact-checker, Avlon painted laws that are more liberal than France as “severely” restrictive, “if Roe v. WadeIf the Supreme Court overturns the case, the issue of abortion will be reintroduced to the States. For years conservatives have maintained that this federalist approach could calm the passions during the culture wars. There are laws already in place for 22 states to restrict or ban abortion. RoeBut, there are four more states that can act. Now, these laws include bans on abortion after 15 weeks or even six weeks when many women don’t even know they’re pregnant.”

 

 

This was a small error. The non-conservative Avlon decided that it was his duty then to educate actual conservatives about conservativism.

And many of these new laws have no exceptions, even in the case of rape or incest, which means that if you live in heavily-gerrymandered states like Texas, Florida, and Ohio, women who are raped could be forced by the state to carry their rapist’s baby to term. This is the exact opposite of small government. It is the exact opposite of libertarianism. It’s not conservative. It’s radical. The Republicans seem to have added to their to-do lists with federalist fantasies. Washington PostAccording to reports, some GOP senators had been discussing a national ban on abortion within six weeks of assuming control of Congress.

Avlon then threatened the Court itself, claiming that only if it rules the way he wants, can it hope to elevate itself beyond political discourse, “So watch out, because if this draft does indicate the end of Roe v. WadeIt will not stop the country’s culture wars. We will never find common ground. It will not help elevate the Court beyond partisan politics.”

For his final inaccurate claim, Avlon absurdly declared that the Court moving the issue back to the voters and their representatives is undemocratic, “Instead, it will undercut majoritarian democracy, undermine privacy protections, and pour gasoline on our already inflamed political divisions. And that’s your reality check.”

Avlon’s statement that an apple is a banana was not true.  

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This transcript is for the May 3, 2015 show.

CNN John Berman and Brianna Kilar present New Day

5/3/2022

7:39 AM ET

JOHN ALON: Let’s see, it is not too late. Roe v. WadeIf the Supreme Court overturns the case, the issue of abortion will be reintroduced to the States. For years conservatives have maintained that this federalist approach could calm the passions during the culture wars. There are laws already in place for 22 states to restrict or ban abortion. RoeHowever, there are still four states who can take action. These laws ban abortions after 15 weeks, or six weeks for women who don’t know they are pregnant.

And many of these new laws have no exceptions, even in the case of rape or incest, which means that if you live in heavily-gerrymandered states like Texas, Florida, and Ohio, women who are raped could be forced by the state to carry their rapist’s baby to term.

This is what the opposition to small government. It is the exact opposite of libertarianism. It’s not conservative. It’s radical. The Republicans seem to have added to their to-do lists with federalist fantasies. Washington PostAccording to reports, some GOP senators had been discussing a national ban on abortion within six weeks of assuming control of Congress.

Keep an eye out for this: If the draft indicates that it is finished, Roe v. WadeIt will not stop the country’s culture wars. We will never find common ground. It won’t help us find common ground beyond the partisan politics. It will instead undermine majoritarian democracy and privacy protections, as well as exacerbate already tense political divisions. That’s it.

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