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UK: Republicans don't like government until they do
Meddling for morality
Republicans are for states’ rights—when it suits them
FOR a party that likes to preach about the evils of an overweening
federal government and the virtues of deferring authority to states,
localities and individuals, it was a peculiar stance. Yet the vast
majority of Republican members of the House of Representatives voted
this week to ban abortions in Washington, DC beyond 20 weeks of
pregnancy. The constitution gives Congress the power to administer the
city in which it sits (and denies the city’s residents the right to send
any representatives to Congress), and although a more magnanimous bunch
of legislators granted the city home rule in the 1970s, their
successors regularly meddle in everything from its transport budget to
its needle exchanges.