Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Who are the 30 Wise Virgins?

I receive LifeNews each day in my email basket. Usually, I skim it for interesting tidbits and delete it. Today, I found something that got me thinking. Here's the article:

Abortion Would be Illegal in Thirty States if Roe v. Wade Decision Overturned
Washington, DC ( --
A leading pro-abortion law firm says abortion could quickly be illegal in some 30 states should the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision be overturned. The new report highlights the high stakes both sides in the abortion debate see in the upcoming presidential election. According to the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, some states still have pre-Roe laws prohibiting abortions on the books that could be enforced should the landmark decision fall. Other states, the pro-abortion firm says, could enact bans on most or all abortions quickly because they have strongly pro-life state legislatures and governors. The group's report, released just one month before the presidential election, is meant to rally abortion advocates behind pro-abortion Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry. See where you state is listed by going to:

It's up to you to find out if your state is on the list. At the same time, it leads me to a reflective question. How is that some states can manage to immediately change legislation in light of Supreme Court rulings while others hang back and wait for the chips to fall? I realize in part that it has something to do with how our Constitution is constructed. Since states have a lot of power to determine what and how things happen within its boundaries, within certain limitations, of course, I would suspect that many state legislators take the posture of "wait and see" rather than "enforce and pick up the pieces later."

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