Having been raised by liberal parents in a liberal city, it only recently occured to me to consider the validity of the Supreme Court's decision regarding abortion. I am pro-choice and, although I never intend to use it, I value my right to reproductive freedom. I can be pro-choice, however, and not support RvW.
As a Libertarian, I greatly value the concept of states' rights. America is far too broad and diverse for a one-size-fits-all brand of government. In fact, the founding fathers sought quite specifically to avoid such a fate. Strong states' rights allows for accurate legislation that gives this country an element of flexibility that will enable society to continue enjoying the freedom that has made this country exceptional. Better yet, I believe that a renewed push toward states' rights will empower the citizen who currently feels his hands are bound. After all, why vote to determine the standing of social issues on the state level (drug legalisation, euthanasia, age of consent laws, etc.) when the resulting decision can be so easily overruled at the federal level?
That being said, I do know that some things must be mandated at the federal level. Generally speaking, these things are found within the Constitution and its amendments. Basic rights like the freedom of expression or religion need to be guaranteed by the federal government. My dilemna lies in the fact that reproductive freedom is certainly not specifically guaranteed by the Constitution. Worse yet, the grounds upon which the decision was made by the Supreme Court is not absolute.
When I approach the subject logically, I realise that my values do not allow me to view abortion as anything other than a social issue, one that should be decided by the states, without making an exception. Realistically and perhaps, selfishly, though, I feel as though reproductive freedom should be preserved federally. Because, while the legality does not solidly establish it as a basic freedom in the same vein as religion or expression, it should.
Ultimately, supporting RvW contradicts the logic behind my values but opposing it makes me personally uncomfortable.
Where do you stand?