Reproductive Rights and State Benefits (fwd)

Mac Norton mnorton at
Sat Aug 23 23:03:35 PDT 1997

On Sun, 24 Aug 1997, Jim Choate wrote:
> The original Constitution already had a clause applying the Constitution
> and all laws derived from it to the states and preventing judges or other
> agencies from bypassing them. So, given that such extensions were already
> in place just what does the 14th do?

Well, quite a bit actually, as interpreted by the SCt.  It makes
many, perhaps all, of the Bill of Rights prohibitions on Congress
applicable to state gov'ts as well.  Art. VI, to which I think
you refer, does not do so of its own accord.

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