Ron Paul Appears on ‘The View’ and Gets Grilled on Abortion Position…

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Ron Paul wasted no time crossing the writer’s picket line to defend his anti-abortion position on the daytime talk show, The View…and he took a verbal beating while he did it.

“I don’t think we’re ever going to reach a stage where there will no abortions,” Paul said, before indicating he would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned. Paul also repeated his position on state governments having the right to decide for themselves, “But I want to sort this out the way the constitution mandates, and that is at the local level.”

Ron Paul, a former OB-GYN, said his anti-abortion position was based on his view that a fetus was a human being with the same rights as any other person, just as he advocated personal privacy that would not give people the right to commit murder. Based on this, he does not view a woman’s claim to her own body as superior to the fetus’s right to life.

“It’s a legal position because I honor and respect the rights of the mother. I don’t want any government in your home: no searches without warrants, no cameras. But you can’t kill your baby in your home.”

Paul is the first candidate to appear on the popular daytime talk show since a writers strike began last month. Democratic candidates have said they would not cross picket lines to appear on The View while the strike persists. However, Paul did.

That speaks volumes on his position dealing with organized labor (post for another day). 

Paul’s and all the other candidates who have taken the – let’s-push-the-abortion-issue-onto-the-states, position, fail to understand one basic idea, and that is that the abortion issue has traditionally been used as a wedge issue to divide the electorate with the hope of distracting us from the unabated corruption that is perpetuated by both parties, and that most people know better. In fact, the only people that still seem to give a shit are the radical Christian right, and they’re a bit ignorant and naive anyways in my opinion (i.e. murdering abortion doctors, trying to convince people that the founding fathers were pro-religion and pro-God in government, etc.) 

If the test to see if you are a true liberal is woman’s right to abortion no matter the circumstances, than I guess that makes me conservative too! Can’t people just use birth control? The ‘pill’ can be gotten anywhere for free along with a ton of other free services for both men and women who are sexually active. I mean let’s be real here – they practically give condoms out like candy in most schools around the country. So what’s with the single moms with three kids by different dads?

Laziness I think. 

But the central problem with Paul’s position is that society has always acknowledged that compromise is necessary in circumstances such as rape and health concerns. Paul doesn’t buy into that, and that’s where he is wrong. In modern times there is birth control, contraception, day after pills, in addition to traditional abstinence. If you can’t handle the responsibility of having a child than you should be able to figure out how to avoid that possibility. However, if you are raped, why should you be held accountable? 

The fundamental flaw in Paul’s thinking and in the thinking of other anti-Supreme Court conservatives who claim that ‘liberal’ judges are legislating from the bench,  is that no United States court has ever legislated anything…ever…really! It is traditional in an adversarial legal system as we have in the United States, that the judicial branch is to determine the ‘constitutionality’ of our laws. This is what they did with Roe vs. Wade. They did not write a new law; rather, they interpreted the permissibility of existing law in the light of what the Constitution says. Seeing guys like Thomas Jefferson have been worm dirt for a few hundred years and we really cannot ask them how they feel about the issue in a modern context, we are forced to rely on the courts. Pretty simple really.

With all that being said, I think Roe v. Wade is on pretty sound legal footing. We do have the right to privacy even though it is not explicitly spelled out, and abortion rights should be based on this ideal as well as a woman’s right to bodily integrity. 
Abortion is not a big deal to me. 

I think the question we need to ask is – Why do we live in a world where we feel we might need to kill our children in the first place? Paul, nor do any other Conservatives, address this.  

Posted on December 5, 2007, in 2008 Presidential Election, Conservatives, Domestic Policy, Health Care, Human Rights, Law, Politics, Religion, Republican Party, Social Policy, Women's Rights and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. i think you are overestimating the simplicity of getting birth control. it is not so accessible in a lot of states and moreover with abstinence-only education funding teenage pregnancy is on the rise these days. You would be surprised at how ignorant a lot of kids are. and as for access to Plan B see here:

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/338964_planb09.html.

    While I appreciated reading your post for the most part, the part about “laziness’ rankled. I know of a lot of instances of guys being “lazy” and not wanting to use condoms, but they’re not the ones who have to get abortions, and they also tend to be the more aggressive. Women don’t just waltz in and out of a surgical procedure like this or such a moral decision. Getting an abortion is an emotional nightmare.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion on abortion. But if both sides are agreed on wanting to reduce the rate of unintended pregnancies to begin with, there is a lot of work to be done in a. providing proper education b. providing access to birth control c. providing supportive networks for younger women and teaching them to step up for themselves.

  2. djl

    All wonderful and relevent points. My comment regarding laziness does both ways (Condoms w/ guys, other manner of borth control w/girls). I think it is a micro representation of a larger dynamic in American culture. I think we have collectively become lazy about many things – economics, education, etc.

    In the end, you can’t pass a corner these days without a drug store or Wal-Mart or some other store that sells some form of birth control. True, getting these items is harder in some states but those states are in the clear minority.

    Thanks for the comment.

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