The Corner

Federalism, Ctd.

As a policy matter (rather than as a constitutional one), I think there are sound arguments for having homicide, including the type of homicide that partial-birth abortion is, prohibited at the state level. The weight of that policy argument, however, depends on political circumstances–including the fact that the Supreme Court has unjustifiably federalized abortion law.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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