President Bush today announced that he will award a Medal of Freedom to Henry Hyde…because Hyde is a strong defender of life. The Henry Hyde of the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funds for abortion (in case the implications aren’t clear, this means that many many poor women are prevented from getting abortions they badly desire, or that they are forced to choose between an abortion and the electricity).
I think Ann at Feministing put it well:
Because nothing says “freedom” like severely curtailing the reproductive rights of low-income women.
Don’t you just love Bush’s brand of freedom?