From The New American
State governments are reasserting their constitutional right to regulate abortion. Eleven states this year have passed laws which either restricts or controls abortion, this activity represents a high water mark for state legislative action on this issue.
Governor Barbour of Mississippi signed into law a measure which would keep new insurance exchanges created by Obamacare from funding abortions. Oklahoma enacted a law, by overriding a gubernatorial veto, which would require a list of questions to be answered by any women seeking an abortion. Arizona banned abortion coverage in state employee health plans. Nebraska, as noted in an earlier article, banned abortions in the last twenty weeks on the grounds that the fetus can feel pain.
The Supreme Court, nearly everyone agrees, will ultimately determine the constitutionality of these laws. Why the regulation of abortion should be a federal constitutional issue, however, is another sign of how far our nation has strayed from the initial clear language of our Constitution. Nearly all governmental authority over the lives of citizens was left to state governments. The Bill of Rights, in the Tenth Amendment, makes the residual powers of the state governments even clearer.
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