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Ron Paul Holds Three Irreconcilable Views on Abortion

Pills and Pill BottleU.S. Representative and GOP presidential candidate, Ron Paul holds three views about abortion that are self-contradictory, as taken from his book Liberty Defined:

1. Life Begins at Conception (and yet…)

Very early pregnancies and victims of rape can be treated with the day after pill, which is nothing more than using birth control pills in a special manner. These very early pregnancies could never be policed, regardless. Such circumstances would be dealt with by each individual making his or her own moral choice.

This is not a principled position but rather a pragmatic one. Despite holding to the view that life begins at conception, in his book, Paul suggests that killing a baby the day after conception is just birth control. He is technically correct. Killing a baby 10 minutes before it is born is also birth control, but neither practice is contraception. He is also suggesting that any murders that can’t be prevented or detected should not be “policed”. This could also apply to any other abortion, as well as the taking of lives in nursing homes or hospices, where there is no family to watch out for the victim. It apparently applied to Terri Schiavo’s case, despite her having parents and siblings watching out for her.

2. The Federal Government Can Step in When States Permit Infanticide

If anything, the federal government has a responsibility to protect life—not grant permission to destroy it. If a state were to legalize infanticide, it could be charged with not maintaining a republican form of government, which is required by the Constitution.

By allowing for the preventing of infanticide to be in the jurisdiction of the federal government, there is no reason to disallow federal jurisdiction in abortion, unless he concedes that human beings in the womb are less than persons.

3. The Federal Government Cannot Step in Neither on the Issue of Murder nor to Protect Unborn Children

Of course, the Constitution says nothing about abortion, murder, manslaughter, or any other acts of violence. There are only four crimes listed in the Constitution: counterfeiting, piracy, treason, and slavery. Criminal and civil laws were deliberately left to the states.

Apparently Paul accepts a ban on states allowing the private ownership of people. But he is not creative enough or dedicated enough to the protection of unborn children to see how it is Constitutional to ban the private destruction of people. Furthermore, Paul sees a Constitutional role for the federal government to prevent infanticide but none to prevent homicide. Are adult human beings also less than persons?

ThBlimp Emblazoned with "Who Is Ron Paul?"ese three viewpoints are irreconcilable.

He is often considered pro-life because he can articulate the moral position against abortion from the standpoint of being offensive or irrational.   But his own position is no less irrational. By allowing for abortions in certain cases (rape and incest) and permitting the destruction of human beings after conception (the morning after pill), it is clear that he has left no place for a consistently rational position.

As many other self-labeled pro-life politicians do, he fails at the point of implementing his viewpoint on abortion. As a result, he begins to twist his position on abortion to fit his actions. This is exactly backwards. Perhaps Paul would be the candidate of pro-lifers, if he understood the inconsistency of his own viewpoint and fixed those inconsistencies.

(This article was first published at CaffeinatedThoughts.com.)

12th November 2011 5:35 AM - Posted by | Abortion, Republican Primary | , , , , , , , ,

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