When a woman walks into a gun store, socially conservative legislators in Virginia treat her as rational, well informed, and fully capable of making her own decisions without a lot of “bureaucratic red tape.” But if the same woman walks into an abortion clinic, suddenly she’s an addled dimwit who hasn’t given her decision two seconds’ thought, and somebody needs to make her. It’s probably fair to say many of the more liberal members of the Assembly share the same biases in reverse. This doesn’t paint a very flattering picture of the citizens the lawmakers represent, writes A. Barton Hinkle. But the picture it paints of the legislators themselves should be downright embarrassing.
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