Albuquereque Voters Defeat Anti-Abortion Referendum . 55 to 45%, with heavy turnout.

I had some hopes for a closer outcome. Stoked by some over-optimistic social conservative reporting, no doubt.

Still, is 55 to 45 a “huge” victory for pro-abortion forces, or is it yet more evidence of ours being a 50-50 nation culture-wise?


Now what would the “Bass” character played by Brad Pitt in 12 YEARS A SLAVE, say?

“I tell you what it is Epps,” said Bass, “it’s all wrong—all wrong, sir—there’s no justice nor righteousness in it.

. . . the law says you have the right to hold a nigger, and to have a fetus aborted, but begging the law’s pardon, it lies . Yes, Epps, when the law says that it’s a liar, and the truth is not in it. Is every thing right because the law allows it?

I regard as impious and detestable the maxim that in matters of government the majority of a people has a right to do everything.”

Oh, that’s right, that last sentence wasn’t from the unknown Canadian carpenter Bass, but from the celebrated French writer Tocqueville!  I’m so unreliable . . .   Actually, the next thing Bass said was this:  “There’s a sin, a fearful sin, resting on this nation, that will not go unpunished forever. There will be a reckoning yet— . . . ”

The whole book is online —this exchange is from chapter 19, and is worth reading in full.

Oh, and how did that phrase “have a fetus aborted” slip in there?

That’s right, I wasn’t reporting on what Bass did say then, but what he would be logically obliged to say today.


No word yet on whether any edgy directors are showing any interest in the hard-hitting, but challengingly abstract script, NO YEARS A HUMAN.

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