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Birth Control Funding – Not Just a Moral Debate, But an Economic One

February 11, 2012

The economics of funding for birth control under a system of universal health care complicate the debate but simplify the solution.

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Family Values, Economics, and the Red State / Blue State Divide on Constitutional Interpretation

October 2, 2011

Differences over the interpretation of the Constitution often reflect underlying economic differences.  In particular, differences in income and education affect attitudes about marriage, divorce, contraception, abortion, women's rights, and same-sex marriage.

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Global Commission on Drug Policy Recommends Decriminalization – U.S. Response – Constitutionality of Drug Laws

July 13, 2011

The United States Office of National Drug Control Policy recommends a shift in resources from interdiction and prohibition of drugs towards treatment and rehabilitation.  Global Commission on Drug Policy recommends complete decriminalization of drug abuse.

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Trump and the Right to Privacy

April 21, 2011

Donald Trump is being  mocked left and right because he stated that he believes that there is a constitutional right to privacy but that he does not think that it includes the right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy.  Trump is not being inconsistent.

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Libertarianism: (Part 1) Four Strands of Liberty under the Constitution

May 23, 2010

     Liberty appears in four guises under the Constitution: freedom of belief, freedom of speech, the right to privacy, and liberty of contract.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (62) The Stupak Amendment

November 8, 2009

     This posting contains a description of the Stupak Amendment restricting the use of federal funds to pay for abortions and links to articles and sites discussing the amendment.

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Morality, Politics, and Law

June 25, 2009

     With yesterday's admission of an affair, Governor Mark Sanford joins a long list of politicians who, it turns out, have not been faithful to their marriage vows.  Coupled with his disappearance over Fathers Day weekend, these events must be deeply hurtful to his family.  The public disclosure and widespread coverage of his behavior only compounds the […]

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Constitutional Rights and the Octuplets

March 19, 2009

     On January 26, 2008, Nadya Suleman gave birth to eight children.  Ms. Suleman, as you are no doubt aware, is single and divorced, and already has six other children aged 2 to 7.  These eight newborn children were conceived by means of in vitro fertilization and all eight embryos were implanted into her uterus.  […]

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The Supreme Court at the Tipping Point – Be Sure to Vote

September 2, 2008

     Between 1937 and 1943 President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed eight justices to the Supreme Court. These justices, who included Hugo Black, Felix Frankfurter, William Douglas, and Robert Jackson, changed the meaning of the Constitution. For the first time in American history the Court began to systematically protect the rights of individuals and minority groups […]

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Contraception as Abortion

July 22, 2008

     The Bush administration's Department of Health and Human Services has drafted a a proposed rule that would redefine certain forms of contraception as "abortion."  According to the New York Times: The proposal defines abortion as follows: "any of the various procedures – including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of […]

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The Supreme Court at the Tipping Point: Abortion

July 15, 2008

     The "right to privacy" is the right of the individual to make intimate and personal choices. One of the most intimate, personal choices that we make in our lives is whether to have children.

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The Supreme Court at the Tipping Point: The Right to Privacy

July 7, 2008

     If additional justices who share the views of Justices Scalia and Thomas are appointed to the Supreme Court, one of the most significant changes that is likely to occur is that the Court will restrict or perhaps even completely abandon the concept of "the right to privacy." A bit of constitutional history can place […]

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