Ron Paul on Roe v. Wade
Thanks to Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal for this gem by the very libertarian Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX):
"It's sad to consider that huge numbers of Americans believe their freedoms hinge on any one individual, Supreme Court justice or not. Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, but not because the Supreme Court presumed to legalize abortion rather than ban it. Roe was wrongly decided because abortion simply is not a constitutional issue. There is not a word in the text of that document, nor in any of its amendments, that conceivably addresses abortion.... Under the 9th and 10 amendments, all authority over matters not specifically addressed in the Constitution remains with state legislatures... So while Roe v. Wade is invalid, a federal law banning abortion across all 50 states would be equally invalid"
While I agree with Congressman Paul 100%, I do understand the pro-choice activists who fear that an over-reaching Federal government would try to make abortion illegal. After all, as I have argued many times, the Feds frequently regulate things over which they have no Constitutional authority and our Supreme Court lets them get away with it most of the time.
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