Aborting the abortion "issue"
In conservative South Dakota, Measure 11, an initiative to ban abortion, lost by 56%-44% despite including certain exceptions (rape, incest, and health of the mother) which had been omitted from a similar proposal rejected by voters in 2006.
Colorado's Amendment 48, which would have redefined "persons" to include fertilized egg cells, was defeated by a margin of almost three to one.
And in California, even Proposition 4, which would merely have mandated parental consent for girls under 18 to have abortions, lost by 52%-48%.
Look, if you can't pass this stuff in South Dakota, you can't pass it anywhere. It's time to acknowledge that forcing women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term is moving into the same category as defending segregated water fountains or anti-miscegenation laws. This is a settled issue. Our society has made up its mind. The debate is over. If you try to keep arguing about it in 2012, you're just going to look unserious.