Looks like Rand Paul is trying to position himself to run for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. If his position on abortion is any indication, and I believe it is, then he’s pandering to the social conservatives.
In an interview with the American Liberty Association (liberty for “true” Christians only, of course), Paul the Younger spoke about his faith, Israel and his thoughts on redemption for ex-felons (which I agree with). All the catchphrases and bon mots that appeal to the religious right are here.
Accepted Jesus as his personal savior? Check. Paint all actions as right vs. wrong? Check. America has a “spiritual sickness?” Check. Churches being tax exempt is not a subsidy? Check. The breakdown of the family is to blame for all our ills? Check. Smack talk about marijuana? Check. Lip-service to the so-called “War on Christianity?” Check. Lionization of Israel? Check. Though, to his credit, he stands by his opposition to giving that country — or any country — our money.
And then came the question about “protecting the unborn.” Here is what Paul had to say about that:
“The interesting thing is when you’re in the neonatal nursery and you’ve got a one-pound baby, everybody acknowledges that that baby has rights, the Bill of Rights applies to that baby and nobody can hurt that baby…It’s a one-pound baby. But a week before, even a full-term seven-pound baby has no rights, according to the way people are looking at it, and I think that is a big mistake…I think, and I often say in my speeches, that I don’t think a civilization can long endure that doesn’t respect the rights of the unborn.”
That is interesting. I guess that he got spanked pretty good by the anti-choice crowd last April.
In an interview with David Axelrod, Paul was asked about overturning Roe v. Wade. He said then that the country is “too divided” for him to think of banning abortion entirely. The Family Research Council immediately attacked Paul calling him out on what they saw as his “nonchalant attitude on abortion and his role in ending it.” Paul must have received a real dressing down from the AFA over that, making it a wake-up call to toe the anti-choice line 100%.
So, abortion will end civilization, eh? Abortion has been around as long as women have been getting pregnant. As early as 1552 BC, there was medical information about abortion. Even before that, women used certain herbs to cause miscarriage. It was a common procedure in ancient Greece and Rome and Indian Brahman law said the fetus was not a person until after the fifth month. In Medieval times, women had to go back to using herbs and relying on midwives. The Church has been all over the place on when life begins and when abortion is allowed. It was not until 1965, when the Second Vatican Council set the current belief of life beginning at conception, that the current anti-choice movement gained footing.
So, no, Senator Paul, abortion has not ended civilization and will not in future. What could end civilization is the continued attempt by men like you to control women’s bodies. What could end civilization is the bigotry shown to people of color and LGBT persons. Every person drawing breath must be treated with the same respect. When that happens, and everyone is afforded the same rights, then we will have a civilization of which to be proud.
Here’s the entire interview: