Friday, January 20, 2006

ABORTION... now that I have your attention...

Steve Johnson, a friend of mine, has a great letter to the editor in todays Collegian. He makes a point I often make when talking about abortion, a point which needs to become more widely known. Steve writes:
With Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. now leading the Supreme Court and Judge Samuel Alito soon to be confirmed, many Americans have wondered, “What if Roe v. Wade was overturned?” Some people have claimed that overturning Roe would ban abortion nationwide. Don’t believe it for a second – they don’t know what they’re talking about.

Read the whole thing. If Roe is overturned, that, in itself, will not illegalize abortion. It will simply send it back to the states, where each individual state can then decide for themselves what limits to put on abortion. Y'know, federalism and democracy. The upshot would be that states like California and Vermont would probably have more liberal abortion laws than Kansas and Alabama. Which only makes sense. If pro-lifers want to ban abortion, they will have to work through there state legislatures or pass a constitutional amendment.

Regardless of what you think about abortion (personally, I try not to), Roe v. Wade and its predecessor Griswold v. Connecticut do considerable violence to the text of the Constitution. You cannot claim to be a defender of the constitution and endorse these precedents.

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