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It has been pointed out by a Ron Paul supporter that he was left off my list discussing the life issue. My only reasoning was that Paul currently and consistently polls around 4% nationally. (RCP) But to be fair here is a look at his record on life.
Paul is pro-life, he received most recently an 80% pro-life voting record from National Right to Life. I have heard about how pro-life Ron Paul was and never gave it much thought. Then I decided to do my own research. I noticed that in the 2005-2006 session of Congress he received a 55% pro-life voting record, which confused me. So I dug into his actual votes.
As a congressman Ron Paul voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, as well as a parental notification law, and voted to amend this parental notification law – a tactic designed by Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) to kill the bill. He also voted against the total ban on human cloning and only begrudgingly voted to ban partial birth abortion. The list of anti-life votes goes on. He also opposes the Human Life Amendment! So how or why does a staunch pro-lifer vote with the pro-abortion side on these issues important issues?
I assume his seemingly anti-life votes are all based on the belief that the federal government should not be protecting life in this way. I suspect that he believes it is properly decided by each state. If he believes abortion should be decided by state legislatures, why is he in Congress? And if elected to the Executive Branch of the Federal Government what will change on the issue of life? I am not sure, but we can tell from his voting record he will not support something that is pro-life unless it meet his standard of separation of state versus federal legislation. It seems to me that he is willing to sacrifice unborn lives on the altar of state’s rights.
Judges – He says all the right things with regards to judges but again so have the others.
Pro-life leadership – He is an OB and can tell the great story of life as a doctor. But what does that translate to? What will he do for life? Again politics must be based on right principles but there must be a practical reality. He will continue the ban on overseas funding of abortion and with the federal military and, minus Giuliani, I think all the GOP candidates will continue this policy. He is adamant that the federal government should never over step states rights and according to him abortion ought to be solely decided by the states. So as president he would tie his own hands and may even veto pro-life legislation that he thinks the fed shouldn’t legislate on. I do not understand how this would make him a pro-life president, if he would not use the force of his office to protect innocent human life.
When speaking of abortion and judicial appointments on his campaign site he states,
“The notion that an all-powerful, centralized state should provide monolithic solutions to the ethical dilemmas of our times is not only misguided, but also contrary to our Constitution.” (Federalizing Social Policy)
Conclusion- I agree with Ron Paul that the federal government has overstepped its bounds in many areas, but the most basic right, the right to life, deserves the full protection of the federal government.
– You can view all of Paul’s key pro-life votes from National Right to Life
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