Raging Right Wing Republican

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Federalism and abortion

There's a furor over Mike Huckabee's supposed "flip flop" on the abortion issue. He made the case for The Human Life Amendment, an amendment to the Constitution banning abortion nation-wide, on Fox News:


Now he's getting flack for saying it should "be left to the states."

There's no inconsistency between supporting an amendment to the Constitution banning abortion nationwide and "leaving it to the states." The same has been said of Bush's Federal Marriage Amendment, which would define marriage as between a man and a woman throughout the country.

The Constitution is amended if enough states vote to ratify the amendment. The decision isn't being taken away from the states; the passage of the amendment depends on the states themselves and their approval. So there is no betrayal of the Federalist, states' rights approach here.

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