In a recent interview with ABC news http://abcnews.com, former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney, said that he favors the individual states deciding abortion laws. For some inexplicable reason, people thought that Mr. Romney was changing his position on abortion. Actually, nothing can be further from the truth.
Mr. Romney is accentuating the end result of the supreme court eventually overturning the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision. What Roe vs. Wade did was take the issue of abortion away from the states, found that somehow murdering unborn babies is a "privacy" issue and nationalize it by making easy access to abortion the law of the land, no matter where one resides.
If President Bush gets another chance before leaving office in 2009 to nominate another supreme court justice, there is no doubt that within the next few years, the supreme court will hear a case and they will overturn Roe Vs. Wade and more than likely a slew of similar laws that usurped the right of the states to determine many laws. Thus, as far as a possible President Romney, the issue will be moot at the federal level.
Then what will happen? Exactly what Mr. Romney said and the best approach to eventually banning most abortions nationwide.
The states will determine abortion laws. Some states through their legislatures will lead to ban most abortions. Some will put very tight restrictions, but not outright ban abortions. Some states may even liberalize abortions even further than what the abominable Roe vs. Wade decision had in mind.
My thinking is that most southern states will ban most abortions. The Midwest and most of the Plains states will tightly restrict but not ban abortion outright. The rest of the states, like New York and more than likely California, decidedly Democrat leaning and very "blue" will mandate liberal abortion laws.
And that is what Mr. Romney was saying in favoring the states to determine abortion law. And Mr. Romney is more than likely correct in assessing that the majority of Americans are not yet ready for a wholesale ban on abortions. But, the good news is that majorities of Americans are not favoring abortion on demand and thus eventually a majority will favor some kind of ban on abortions. Then either a President Romney or another president can pursue a federal constitutional ban on abortion.
But, until the a solid, consistent majority of people in the United States are wanting to ban most abortions nationwide, Mr. Romney is correct in saying that it should be left up to the states once the abominable Roe vs. Wade decision is overturned.
Until Roe vs. Wade is overturned, we continue to be a nation that is not civilized in allowing abortion on demand. And we can not lie and say that many abortions are not done for convenience, or to the so-called mother and or very bad, irresponsible father and inconvenience. And there are not many done to protect the life of the mother. And there are not many done because a woman was raped or the even more evil act on incest.
Mr. Romney's position will lead to what some people would say are abortions that are rare. And in some parts of the United States within the laws of that state. Mr. Romney's position is a federalist position and not at all inconsistent with being pro-life. It is what will happen when a future supreme court stops the abomination called abortion on demand.