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But Whether the Doctor Would Get the Death Penalty Would be Left to the States!

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Lemieux’s Law is that nobody in American politics actally cares about federalism. For a particularly good example, let us consider this from the Real Progressive Alternative in the race, Senator Rand Paul:

WALLACE: Just 30 seconds to answer my specific question. Do you favor the idea that abortion should be a states’ rights issue and if a liberal state wants to make it legal, that that’s their choice? Yes or no?

PAUL: Both. No, both the federal and a state approach. I have said that we could leave it to the states but I’ve also introduced a federal solution as well. So the federal solution would be the Life at Conception act which is an act that would federalize the issue.

But I’ve also said for the most part, these issues would be left back to the states. So there might be an occasion if we did overturn Roe v. Wade — Roe v. Wade nationalized the issue. If you had the court reverse Roe v. Wade, it would become a state issue once again.

So, to be clear, overruling Roe v. Wade would return the issue of abortion to the states. Except for the Life at Conception Act, which would seem to make abortion a homicide in all 50 states. To be Scrupulousy Fair, the bill (natch) says that “nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child,” because opponents of legal abortion don’t believe their own bullshit, they don’t believe that women are rational moral agents, or some combination of the two. So, in fairness, Paul would leave the question of whether women should be prosecuted for what are allegedly contract killings to the states. Feel the equal sovereign dignitude!

While we’re here, there was also this:

And the thing is, she can’t be a champion of women’s rights at the same time she’s got [Bill Clinton’s consensual affair with Monica Lewinsky] that is always lurking out there, this type of behavior.

I must say that I find the argument that a woman can’t be a feminist if her husband does something wrong to be not terribly persuasive.

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