Bachmann’s Constitutional Contortions
During a Republican presidential primary forum in Columbia, South Carolina, Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN) announced if elected she would push for a constitutional crisis over the issue of abortion, insisting that she was “most assuredly” prepared for a “confrontation” with the court over the issue.
“If the Supreme Court, by a plurality of the justices, may impose their own personal morality on the rest of the nation, then we are quire literally being ruled by those individuals as opposed to giving our consent to the people’s representatives,” Bachmann said.
Bachmann’s answer reflects her support for a federal abortion ban, and one Bachmann presumably would be ground in Section 5 of the 14th Amendment.
Bachmann’s constitutional contortions continued as the focus shifted from abortion to health care. Here she doubled down on her position that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional because it is “inherent” in the Constitution that states cannot mandate their citizens buy a “product or service”.
So for those keeping track, Rep. Bachmann believes the Constitution does not inherently protect an individual’s right to privacy but it does inherently prevent Congress from regulating the insurance industry.
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