...And he can kiss them both.
Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.
"It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care," he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. "If you are going to be in the system, you can't choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK."
He noted, for example, that women would be required to have regular mammograms in an effort to find and treat "the first trace of problem."
While you let that worst-case-scenario of blatant overreaching nanny-statism wash over you and punish your sensibilities for a while, let's take a moment to review a certain aspect of the well-coiffed southern dandy's campaign.
John Edwards is the "feminist candidate" for the Democratories. Feminism here, of course, being defined as the perpetually aggrieved, chronic victim, free-abortions-for-all-no-exceptions-wing of the Democratian Party. Indeed Edwards even tapped one of the more unhinged screaming meemie fembos from the national left-o-sphere to head up his campaign's communication efforts. Given Marcotte's long history of measured tone and lofty discourse directed at those whom she perceived as anti-womyn, we all remember how that turned out.
So the fembos (I just made up that word, and I love it!) are quite taken with Edwards. My guess is that it's due in part to his strongly worded stance on the abortion issue:
The decision about whether to become a parent is one of the most important life decisions that a woman can face. Edwards believes that she should make it with her family, her doctor, and in the context of her religious and ethical values. As president, he will protect and defend the right to choose and reverse the damage that has been done by President Bush's anti-choice agenda. The ban on abortion procedures recently upheld by the Supreme Court without an adequate exception to protect a woman's health is a stark reminder of why Democrats cannot afford to lose the 2008 election. Edwards supports a federal freedom of choice act codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law so that the right to choose is protected, no matter what the Supreme Court does, and supports access to family planning services.
The whole thrust of the argument for keeping abortion legal throughout the country is based on privacy - a person's ownership of his or her own body; the self-determination as to what choices one should be able to make about one's own body without government interference; and the privacy the law already afforded pre-Roe to the doctor-patient relationship.
So I'm interested to know: does the fembos' complete revulsion to government regulation of personal medical choices also extend to Edwards' proposal that all citizens be required by law to visit a doctor every year?
Or do they have Two Positions when it comes to the right to privacy?