McCain is such a wiseass that he's virtually certain to get himself in trouble whenever he strays from scripted phrases. I imagine even his most devoted handlers cringed on Wednesday night when Johnny Mac flashed that ghoulish, creepy grin (kind of like a Jack-O'-Lantern with its mouth closed) and made air quotes of the phrase "health of the mother" in ridiculing a vote of Barack Obama regarding late-term abortion in Illinois. Intellectually insecure guys like McCain use sarcasm and superciliousness to compensate for a basic inability to grasp subtle arguments because they're fundamentally incapable of discussing details of policy questions. McCain thinks that if he chortles and rolls his eyes we'll get the idea what Barack Obama is saying must be flawed. The real reason McCain operates that way, however, as his academic record shows, is that McCain is just not very bright. He's bound to go off the rails and look like a dunce if he chooses to argue constitutional law with a constitutional law professor.
"(c) For the stage subsequent to viability, the State in promoting its interest in the potentiality of human life [p165] may, if it chooses, regulate, and even proscribe, abortion except where it is necessary, in appropriate medical judgment, for the preservation of the life or health of the mother."