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To Uphold the Constitution and Laws ...

Susan Estrich on

Every legislator, state or federal, takes an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Missouri voters deserve a refund. And they aren't the only ones, just this week's bad example.

Knowing full well that it would be declared unconstitutional, the Missouri legislature passed -- and the governor signed into law -- a statute prohibiting abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy, which is just about when a girl might first suspect she is pregnant.

No exception for rape and incest.

A child raped by her stepdad must bear that child?

The governor of Missouri is playing politics with her life.

 

He knows full well that a federal judge who he can then castigate will step in and issue an injunction.

But it isn't just the job of the courts to enforce the law. It is the job of every man and woman who acts with the authority of the state.

They take that oath. And they ignore it.

Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. It has been since 1973. That is the law. It doesn't matter if you like it. You're not free to ignore it.

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