June 30, 2013

Regarding the June 27 front-page article “Stand-up day makes Tex. senator a star”:

Wendy Davis (D) made some convincing arguments in her filibuster in the Texas legislature. The bill she is fighting would require abortion clinics to meet the same standards as those for hospital-style surgical centers and would mandate that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Republicans say these measures would protect women’s health, but Democrats argue that the increased regulations would cause many abortion clinics to shut down because required renovations and equipment upgrades would be too costly.

What’s most amazing is that Democrats suddenly seem to understand the consequences of an increased regulatory burden. The party has long pushed for more regulation in the name of public health, children’s safety and a number of admittedly humanitarian motives, but often showed little regard for how those regulations could hurt businesses or force them to close. Now that the situation is reversed, they seem to be humming a very different tune.

In the future, I hope Democrats can apply the same level of scrutiny to the regulations related to Obamacare, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Communications Commission and the countless number of agencies they’ve so often championed as vital for the public good.

Caleb Theofilos Galoozis, Washington