LifeSiteNews Interviews Ron Paul: How Congress Can Stop Roe v. Wade Now
By Peter J. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Back in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand in the infamous Roe v. Wade and companion case Doe v. Bolton decisions and overturned the abortion restrictions of 46 states - of these thirty states banned the practice outright.
Thirty-seven years later, approximately 52 million unborn children have been killed in the womb, and pro-life advocates are still waiting for a change in the Court.
But Congressman Ron Paul of Texas - a pro-life lawmaker and former presidential candidate who believes in the Constitution - says the "federal solution" sought by some national pro-life leaders in response to Roe is "a total failure." In this exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews.com, pro-life Congressman and former Presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Tex.) reveals how Congress has the power to correct the high court under the Constitution, derived from Article III, Section 2, by limiting the jurisdiction of federal courts on the issue of abortion.
"That law restricting this jurisdiction can be done by a majority vote in the House and the Senate and the President's signature," said Paul. His solution he says is far "quicker" than possibly waiting decades more for the right configuration of the US Supreme Court to occur.
How would the law work? "You would essentially exempt yourself from the dictates of Roe v. Wade, if the state chose to pass a law and it could not be heard in the Supreme Court. So it would be a 'de facto' repeal of Roe v. Wade."
Paul admits the solution is "imperfect" - and therefore displeasing to some national pro-life leaders - but through Congress empowering the states "many, many abortions would be prevented" and pro-life advocates would be even further empowered to make changes.
"Overall I believe that the system is a good system, where you have 50 states trying to solve problems rather than one government. [Roe] is a good demonstration of when you rely on the central government to solve difficult problems, and they make the wrong decision."
See the complete interview