Scary Banzhaf

Our least favorite member of the George Washington University faculty is seeking to lay out the legal backing for a proposal being floated by Arkansas Gov. Huckabee to ban smoking by women who are pregnant. Huckabee recently signed a bill to ban smoking in cars when children are present. (Sullum, Reason “Hit and Run”, Jun. 15). More on tobacco and tyranny here.

One Comment

  • I look forward to Banzhaf’s efforts to reconcile this legislative idea with Roe v Wade. So the State may bar a pregnant woman from smoking, presumably out of concern over fetal health, but may not protect fetal health by restricting abortion?

    If such legislation were enacted, some women who smoke no doubt would react by aborting their unborn children, rather than giving up smoking. What kind of legislative incentive is that?