Abortion: What is wrong with letting the States decide?

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    Why does abortion need to be a Federal issue, especially since it is not addressed in the Constitution? Why not let individual States decide where to draw the line, just like they do for almost all other laws? For example, States widely differ on whether the murder of a pregnant woman constitutes double homicide. Why should abortion be any different?
     
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    It would violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. One’s civil liberties are not determined by his state of residence; one’s civil liberties are not determined by popular vote.
     
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    The really interesting part is how many states there are that are abortion friendly, yet consider fetal homicide to be murder if one murders a pregnant woman. See CA for a perfect example.
     
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    Lofty language, but quite irrelevant. As previously mentioned, state laws vary widely regarding a host of related issues. Why is abortion different, other than one of the worst reasoned SCOTUS decisions since "separate but equal?" Since when is infanticide a "civil liberty?" (Read the Hippocratic Oath.)
     
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    Abortion is not a Federal issue per se, although the states are subject to the Federal Constitution and its case law.

    Currently that case law is Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), where the states may not manifest an ‘undue burden’ with regard to one’s right to privacy and access to abortion.
     
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    What's wrong with letting the individual decide ?
    OH ! That'd be freedom.edit
     
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    You asked the question and got the right answer and dismissed it because it didnt back up your pre approved stance?

    The Constitution is NOT irrelevant. Why do you hate America?
     
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    Should an individual decide on fetal homicide laws?
    That's totalitarianism, not freedom.
     
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    I'd be willing to let the states decide on abortion if they were also allowed to decide on ALL drugs, which is also not addressed in the Constitution.
     
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    Then the democrats would lose the issue. That's what's wrong.
     
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