PL's - support this argument?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-15-2005
PL's - support this argument?
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Mon, 05-07-2007 - 2:13pm

I've heard PL's argue that R v. Wade should be overturned on the basis of state's rights - that each individual state should be able to make its own law on the issue.

Can anyone come up with any other medical or surgical decision that is governed state by state? I'm stumped. Seems like a pretty weak argument to me.


iVillage Member
Registered: 01-07-2007
Mon, 05-07-2007 - 2:29pm

Not sure if this applies at all but I thought I'd throw it out there.

In the state of Alabama it's illegal for a midwife to birth a baby, meaning only a physician is able to do so. So if I wanted to have a midwife or a doula it would have to be in conjunction with a physician.

Not sure exactly of all the specifics but my Bradley Method instructor said there is legislation going on now to change this.

Fortunately I LOVE my OB so this isn't an issue although it would be if I wanted to give birth at my home in my big garden tub and my OB didn't make house calls!

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-15-2005
Mon, 05-07-2007 - 2:38pm

Not really what I was looking for...I guess the laws that forbid homebirth would be a little closer to what I was thinking about...

The actual procedure as opposed to who performs the procedure.


iVillage Member
Registered: 01-07-2007
Mon, 05-07-2007 - 2:45pm
Gotcha, sorry about that. I had a feeling that's what you meant but wasn't sure. :)
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-15-2005
Mon, 05-07-2007 - 4:04pm
No need to apologize! That could certainly open up some interesting discussion!


iVillage Member
Registered: 07-29-2004
Thu, 05-10-2007 - 1:41pm

There's no state that outlaws homebirth, but the only reason is because it would be really bad to prosecute a couple for not making it to the hospital in time. My planned homebirth with a midwife was illegal in my state, but not the surrounding states. If you are lucky enough to find a Family Practice doc or one of the 3 CNMs that do homebirths then it would be legal.

Of course, I don't consider birth a medical act in the first place though.

How about adding to your question and pointing out that when Oregon made euthenasia legal, the Republican PL congress took AWAY their state right to do so, therefor killing their argument on this point.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 05-11-2007 - 12:08am
What I've found interesting that the only times the States' rights flag is waved is when folks want to trample on the civil rights of others.
Sandy