Reproductive Rights and State Benefits

William H. Geiger III whgiii at
Sat Aug 23 20:33:52 PDT 1997


In <Pine.SOL.3.96.970823202919.637D-100000 at>, on 08/23/97 
   at 08:33 PM, Mac Norton <mnorton at> said:

>On Sat, 23 Aug 1997, Tim May wrote:
>> There's a landmine here, of course. Namely, the issue of whether states may
>> impose restrictions which are "unconstitutional." To some states rights
>> folks, as I assume Jim Choate may be, the answer is often "of course." To
>> some libertarians, the answer is often "of course not." A good example to
>> consider is "free speech." The First Amendment talks about Congress shall
>> make no law...does this mean California may ban certain books, restrict
>> certain religions, or impose censorship on the press?
>> (Most folks would say "Of course not." But on what basis can individual
>> states and municipalities override the Second Amendment?)

>Most folks would, today, but this was not always a given in our
>constitutional jurisprudence.  It's a post-14th Amendment development,
>the Bill Of Rights having been understood by the SCt to have been applied
>to the states by virtue of the 14th Amendment's restrictions on state
>governments.  It's never  been an impeccable logic, but it seems to get
>to the right result.  For most folks, anyway:)

Well i think that you also have to take into account the political setting
of the times. The Framers of the Constitution were representatives of the
States all of which had 1st Amendment protections in their State
Constitutions. Their concerns were not with the States but with a Federal
Government overriding rights already protected by the States.

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