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Dec. 9th, 2007
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Ron Paul’s NARAL Pro‐Choice America’s Congressional Record on Choice
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December 11th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
#1 Does the federal government have the right to proscribe medical procedures or pharmaceuticals? If not (the libertarian position), than that reaches well beyond abortion; it pretty much abolishes the powers of the FDA and NIH. Other interesting medical procedures may include cloning (from organs to organisms), genetic engineering, human augmentation, etc.
#2 Does the federal government have the right to prevent the states from proscribing medical procedures or pharmaceuticals?
If you answered no to #1, it's pretty hard to answer yes to #2. If #1 is not within the powers enumerated to the federal government, then powers "are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people" (10th amendment).
In order for the federal government to have the power to prevent proscription of medical procedures by the states, it must also have the power itself to proscribe them, which I find a worse situation for freedom in general.
#3 Do the state governments have the right to proscribe medical procedures or pharmaceuticals?
Libertarians may find it unfortunate the federal Constitution does not enumerate the powers of the states versus what is left to the people, but it is so. It is a question of states' constitutions what powers each state may have.