By Earl Heal
The current reactions to the possible termination of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision warrants the presentation of relative facts to compare to considerable misinformation. Let’s start with the basic concepts of the Founders.
The eternal success of the Constitution is that the Founders applied vast knowledge of human nature which is unchanging and avoided establishing operating rules that change with time. It is written primarily with rules to prevent the government from becoming overpowering and to prevent human abuse. The Founders established that laws controlling people must only come from the government closer to the people, i.e., states and the local level.
Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution enumerates 17 powers of Congress; 15 powers authorize legislation controlling federal agencies and only two powers permit legislation controlling human behavior – laws governing the District of Columbia and for land acquired from states for federal use, e.g. military bases and national parks. This is reaffirmed in the 10th Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”[...read more]