Robert P. George reflects on his discussion with some of the leading Republicans in the race for the GOP nomination. The topic centered on the legitimacy (or feasibility) of relying on Congress to pursue a correct reading of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution to ensure the protection of the unborn. Here is George's question:
Many believe that we need a constitutional amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade. However, Section Five of the Fourteenth Amendment expressly empowers the Congress, by appropriate legislation, to enforce the guarantees of due process and equal protection contained in the Amendment’s first section. As someone who believes in the inherent and equal dignity of all members of the human family, including the child in the womb, would you propose to Congress appropriate legislation, pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment, to protect human life in all stages and conditions?
It is a fascinating idea. Let's hope it picks up steam in the event of a Republican victory in 2012. Read the rest of the story here.