The Rights Blue States May Lose If the GOP Returns to Power


Here comes a national fetal rights policy!
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At the moment, the two major parties in the U.S. are polarized on the role of the federal government. Democrats, as has generally been the case since the civil-rights era, favor federal activism to establish certain rights and living conditions nationally. Republicans have more and more uniformly adopted the states’-rights posture the GOP was initially founded to oppose in the mid-19th century.

This has been the backdrop to many of the great political and legal battles of 2021. Democrats, who have a governing trifecta in Washington, are struggling to impose or reimpose national standards in areas ranging from voting rights to health care to…

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