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How State Autonomy Will Save America

According to Mark Meckler, head of the conservative grassroots campaign Conference of States Action, giving states more autonomy over matters like abortion is the right approach for America.

The Key Issues

Meckler is also a co-founder of the Convention of States Action, which seeks constitutional modifications to return authority to the states and people.


The Supreme Court’s latest leak of a draft decision suggests the high court is willing to leave the abortion problem to the states to evaluate its legality. This is a major issue relating to this right now.

“26 states appear to be on the verge of outlawing abortion,” Meckler said on NTD’s “Capitol Report” show on May 5. “They’ll have to reconvene their legislatures and approve the necessary legislation.”

Meckler was most likely referring to a study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health policy and research organization.

According to the institute, if Roe v. Wade wasn’t in existence, 26 states would be guaranteed or likely to prohibit abortion.

Meckler claims 13 states have already “trigger laws,” which were created after the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973. They specifically indicate if the Supreme Court allows abortion, it will be illegal.

25 states are likely to remove abortion without federal benefits, according to the Organization for Reproductive Choice, a legal advocacy group.

North Carolina, as well as Pennsylvania, are on the list, while Florida, Iowa, and Montana are not. Given the highly contentious nature of the matter, though, fights are to be anticipated.

In a May 9 New York Times op-ed, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer committed to utilizing “every instrument of power we have just now” to fight for abortion rights.

Whitmer filed a suit last week asking the Michigan High Court to rule on whether the freedom of abortion is protected by the state’s Constitution.

The state of Michigan passed an abortion ban in 1931, but it was declared unconstitutional after the Roe v. Wade decision.

The Path Forward

Giving states more power, according to Meckler, is the appropriate approach for the country.

“The entire country must move in this approach,” Meckler remarked. “I actually think it’s the crux problem in the US right now, because there’s so much division.”

“The way to fix that problem and restore national peace is to recognize we were founded on a federalist foundation and return to that foundation, allowing the states to make their own decisions.”

According to a Pew Research Center poll released in October, Americans are more likely than individuals in other industrialized nations to see major political and ethnic tensions.

Federalism, according to Meckler, is “at the very heart of the country’s founding.”

He noted the attendees of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 didn’t trust one other and they had opposing interests and traditions.

This led to the creation of a system that gave the federal government just a small amount of power, known as enumerated powers.

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