North Dakota’s abortion ban needs clarification and reconciliation


MINOT, N.D. — The Supreme Court has ruled, and now it’s up to the states to make and enforce abortion policy.

Or Congress, I suppose.

President Joe Biden is calling on Democrats to set aside the Senate filibuster and pass a law codifying legal abortion at the federal level, though that’s a bad idea.

It’s not clear to me that Congress has the authority to override state-level abortion bans. Such a law would likely be struck down by the courts. Also, do we want to further inflame this issue with a national law passed with the slimmest of majorities in the Senate, where Democrats hold only a technical majority?

Congress should leave this matter to the states.

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