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'Tremendous strides towards restoring our system of governance': Overturning Roe great victory for federalism

Published in Blog on June 24, 2022 by Jakob Fay

Friday morning, the Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade, affirming that there is no such thing as a “constitutional right” to abortion. The infamous 1973 court case was arguably the greatest political failure in American history and its downfall is a great opportunity to put our country back on track.

Convention of States President Mark Meckler previously predicted that overturning Roe v. Wade would be a huge victory not only for pro-lifers but also for federalism. The following is an excerpt from Mark’s editorial on Newsmax.

By unilaterally inventing and imposing the purportedly constitutional, yet previously undiscovered "right to abortion" on the entire country, [the Supreme Court] created a permanent conflict–a permanent point of contention between all Americans from the reddest to the deepest blue states.

Now that Roe’s downfall seems probable, we have the opportunity not only to fight against the egregious sin of abortion to a greater extent on the state level but also to make tremendous strides towards restoring our system of governance so that it is truly representative of the federalism the Framers intended for us when they drafted and ratified our Constitution.

If states such as Alabama, Arizona, Florida, or Texas, for example, want to ban abortion, then the far-left politics of California, New York, or Massachusetts should not be allowed to hold them back from that.

Many states already have "trigger" bans on the books, meaning abortions would be completely or largely banned in those states, should the Supreme Court's prospective ruling become reality.

Some have estimated that as many as 27 states would outlaw the heinous practice altogether in the absence of Roe.

This is why state individualism, at least for now, is a massive win for the anti-abortion movement.

Of course, some correctly point out that abortion isn’t merely a state’s issue and that it does, in fact, warrant a national ban. But until our fellow Americans grasp the truth, and we see an overwhelming, national consensus that abortion at any stage is the murder of a human being, this issue must be fought out at the state level.

The fact that at least 27 states stand in opposition to, yet must comply with the decades-old ruling of an unelected body of judicial activists, should be proof enough that our Founding Fathers were right to give us a federalist system of government — and that it was a monumental catastrophe to stray away from it.

It also explains why the left has fallen into such frenzied madness in the anticipation of Roe’s final demise.

Not only do they fear losing their "sacred" "reproductive rights," but they also fear that this ruling may be part of a broader trend toward taking power away from the federal government and returning it to the states.

If this, the left’s worst nightmare, comes true, then the future of both the anti-abortion movement and federalism in this country looks promising, indeed.


As Mark anticipated, states have already begun to ban abortion. This is a major step in the right direction as it helps restore constitutional balance to our Republic.

The Convention of States Project is still hard at work to shrink the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. If we call a convention, more constitutional victories - just like the overturning of Roe - can be expected.

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