The U.S. Constitution <i>requires</i> civil magistrates to protect the unborn...
Here's the simple truth stated by the man I most respect in matters Constitutional: "The federal government and its magistrates and officials have a duty to stop abortion under the Constitution, not just the discretionary authority to decide to do so."
Both the duty and the discretionary authority are denied by the curmudgeon libertarians muttering this and that out on the perimeters of our national political debates. This is why I do not trust them...Keep in mind that in 1972, the year prior to Roe v. Wade, there were around 750,000 abortions across our country--and this when abortion was illegal in almost every state of the Union except for certain states that allowed it in the exceptional cases of rape, incest, and the life of the mother.
But that's neither here nor there. This post is to hammer home the point that libertarians muttering about abortion being a states' rights matter don't know the first thing about the U.S. Constitution.
This statement is true.