Interstate Pre-emption: The Right to Travel, The Right to Life, and the Right to Die

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Brilmayer, Lea
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State laws differ, and they differ on issues of tremendous importanceto the ways that we conduct our lives. Abortion and the right todie are two issues on which state law intersects with deeply held moral convictions, and on which state laws vary. With so much hanging in the balance, it is not surprising that those who find themselves outvotedor outmaneuvered in local political processes sometimes seek alegal climate more compatible with their beliefs about human decencyand dignity. The right to "vote with one's feet" - to travel or moveto another state and trade a law one finds repugnant for a better one -is defined and circumscribed by the constitutional limitations peculiar to the conflict of laws.