Many Americans are, no doubt, familiar with presidential candidate Ron Paul and his general beliefs. The libertarian inclinations of this man have led to his traditional arguments in favor of preserving the Constitution and upholding states’ rights. His economic policies follow the Austrian school of economics, which favor a free market devoid of government intervention. He also argued strongly in favor of supporting the rights of unborn children, and has openly opposed the Roe vs. Wade ruling and abortion in general. For many of these reasons, I have held a strong degree of respect for the man, regardless of his unpopularity among the mainstream Republican Party and his often uncouth supporters.
However, it has recently come to my attention that Dr. Paul is not in favor of federal laws regarding abortion, as he considers it to be a “states’ rights” issue. I admit, this bothered me, so I decided to look a little closer at his sentiments on abortion. On his campaign website, his stance on abortion is stated specifically:
“As an OB/GYN who delivered over 4,000 babies, Ron Paul knows firsthand how precious, fragile, and in need of protection life is.
Dr. Paul’s experience in science and medicine only reinforced his belief that life begins at conception, and he believes it would be inconsistent for him to champion personal liberty and a free society if he didn’t also advocate respecting the God-given right to life—for those born and unborn.
After being forced to witness an abortion being performed during his time in medical school, he knew from that moment on that his practice would focus on protecting life. And during his years in medicine, never once did he find an abortion necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman.
As a physician, Ron Paul consistently put his beliefs into practice and saved lives by helping women seek options other than abortion, including adoption. And as President, Ron Paul will continue to fight for the same pro-life solutions he has upheld in Congress”(http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/abortion/).
Well, if this is indeed his beliefs, than he may be a good candidate after all. Unfortunately, when asked whether he thinks minors should be provided with the morning after pill, he declared, “I think the states have the right to try to do that, the morning after pill is nothing more than the birth control pill…How are you going to take all the birth control off the market? It would be impossible. States have some rights to regulate things, they regulate alcohol and nobody complains too much about it” (http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/02/28/ron-paul-states-should-decide-if-16-year-olds-can-get-morning-after-pill/).
This startled me, and began to anger me. After all, this is coming from the man who declared that, “I can assure you life begins at conception” (http://www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/abortion/). However, he is willing to let the states provide 16 year old girls with pills that effectively –according to his own definition of life – kill a child. That is an extremely disturbing implication.
I realize that this is one particular issue, and not even a central one for the 2012 elections. However, as a Christian who is absolutely pro-life, I find this to be a very important issue to keep in mind, especially in view of the fact that we are hours away from Super Tuesday. Ron Paul had lost my support as my choice candidate a few months ago. However, in view of this new information, I am not even sure if I can continue to maintain him as my second choice in this election.
Our Founding Fathers understood the value of human Life when they wrote:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness” (Declaration of Independence).
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America” (Constitution, Preamble).
May we also remember the value of Life – as a God-given right to all individuals regardless of age, size, or social condition. And may we reflect on these values as we look forward to the coming election.
~A Renegade For Christ