zombie laws, Comstock Act, mifepristone
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Progress sometimes means digging up the greatest hits.

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Right-wingers dug up an obscure Victorian-era “zombie” law from 1873, the Comstock Act, to try to get the abortion pill banned at the same time liberals tried to use equally obscure Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, passed during Reconstruction in 1868, to kick Trump off the ballot.

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  • Ted Rall

    Ted Rall is an American columnist, syndicated editorial cartoonist, and author. His most recent book is "The Stringer," a graphic novel in which journalism meets "Breaking Bad."

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