Nicholas Goldberg: Karen Bass says she’ll protect Angelenos’ abortion rights. But can the mayor of L.A. really do that?
LOS ANGELES, July 16 — “I’ll protect my people.” These are the first words Karen Bass uttered on NBC’s “Meet the Press” about whether she’d protect the rights of women who abort children.
Bass, a Democrat who represents parts of the San Fernando Valley and who has been the mayor of this city for three years, was not merely talking about abortion rights. (The other women who spoke on “Meet the Press,” also Democrats, echoed this sentiment.) She was actually proposing a policy that some experts warn could lead to abortion bans in Los Angeles.
Bass offered up this pledge on “Meet the Press” to protect the “rights of women and children.” So what was she really doing?
“In fact, in terms of the law and my faith in the law, I think I would support any change that the L.A. County Board of Supervisors puts in place that would protect the rights of a woman to do what she decides to do with her body, and I would support any decision that would take that step.”
Why does she think it’s a good idea for women to exercise their free-will and make their own decisions about abortion?
“Why? Because I believe every life from conception to natural death is a sacred gift from God. And he wants nothing but the best for us, and for the earth, for my sister and the unborn child and my brother and my parents and the family who raises them.”
Do you believe abortion should be legal?
“It should be legal. The Supreme Court said it should be legal in 2003. I don’t see a reason why that should change.”
And if Angelenos elect a leftist as their next mayor, will you protect the “rights of women and children?”
“I cannot in good conscience vote for a person who believes the United States Constitution is the greatest thing on earth, but whose view of that Constitution is the same as the founding fathers’ view of it: ‘All men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,’ or any person whose views are more radical than that, who would remove, I think, the right to