Why do you suppose Ron Paul continually votes against abortion, although this goes against his other more “libertarian” views?
Libertarian’s don’t have a fixed stance on abortion. Ron Paul would be called a constitutional libertarian — following the constitution trumps everything else, including his own personal beliefs.
Ron Paul is a OB/GYN physician and has delivered over 4,000 babies. In forty years of medical practice, Dr. Paul says, “I never once considered performing an abortion, nor did I ever find abortion necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman.” He believes “beyond a doubt that a fetus is a human life deserving of legal protection, and that the right to life is the foundation of any moral society.” Ron Paul pro-life stance is at the foundation of his pro-liberty views.
But Ron Paul also believes in consistently and strictly following the Constitution in all matters. Therefore, he says, “Under the 9th and 10th amendments, all authority over matters not specifically addressed in the Constitution remains with state legislatures. Therefore the federal government has no authority whatsoever to involve itself in the abortion issue. So while Roe v. Wade is invalid, a federal law banning abortion across all 50 states would be equally invalid.”
Ron Paul has introduced these three bills into the House of Representatives:
1. We the People Act which effectively repeals Roe v. Wade and would prevent activist judges from interfering with state decisions to protect life.
2. Sanctity of Life Act which would define life as beginning at conception.
3. Taxpayers’ Freedom of Conscience Act which would stop the American people’s money from being used to pay for abortions and fund any so-called family planning programs.
States legislate murder laws; not the federal government. There is nothing in the constitution that denies you the freedom to murder another citizen, but the constitution gives the states the right to deny you that freedom. Murder is illegal in each state. His Sanctity of Life Act would define life as beginning at conception. So any state that wanted to legalize abortion would have to admit to legalized murder. That could prove to be very difficult. His We the People Act prohibits the federal government from interfering with a state’s decision to outlaw abortion.
Ron Paul has a good plan for getting rid of abortion. Not only is it a plan which lines up with the constitution, but it is a workable plan. If we had followed his plan (passed his bills and given jurisdiction to the states) then AT LEAST one state (most likely many states) would have outlawed abortion by now. Millions of lives would have been saved.
There are fifty states. What are the odds that over the last forty years, out of fifty experiments in solving the abortion problem, several states would have developed effective laws, other states would have followed suit, and the issue would be largely if not entirely resolved in favor of life?
In the meantime…..babies continue to be killed.