Scott Tibbs
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January 17th, 2005

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The 2006 Rally for Life: five days from now

The Herald-Times had a good, well balanced article on the possibility of abortion moving from the federal level to the state level should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. I've often criticized the H-T in the past, but Andy Graham did a very good job with this report. As readers learned earlier this month, pro-life State Representative Peggy Welch (D-Bloomington) will be speaking at the Rally. I greatly appreciate Representative Welch's decision to attend and speak at the Rally. I have disagreed with Representative Welch on many occasions, and at times my criticism of her has been too harsh.

As I said in the H-T, supporters of abortion rights have said is that if Samuel Alito is confirmed it will mean abortion would be outlawed. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The only way we'll see a federal ban on abortion is if the 14th Amendment were properly interpreted to extend rights to unborn persons, or if a Human Life Amendment is adopted. Even if the decision on abortion were devolved to the states, don't expect to see an immediate rush to ban abortion. Even in conservative states like Indiana, the battle will be intense and possibly nasty.

A I have said in the past, abortion is not a states' rights issue. I am very supportive of states' rights, for a variety of reasons. There are limits, however. The states do not have the right, under the Constitution, to allow random lynchings of black people. While some conservatives talk in glowing terms about letting the people vote on abortion, there are some things the people should not have the right to decide. Abortion is one of those things.

The Rally is this Sunday, January 22, at 2:00 p.m. on the Monroe County Courthouse square. Log onto for a full report with pictures on Monday morning.