Last night's Google/Youtube/Fox News debate in Orlando, Florida, focused on jobs and the economy, but there was one question on abortion. It went to Ron Paul: "Congressman Paul, you have said that you believe that life begins at conception, and that abortion ends an innocent life. If you believe that, how can you support a rape exception to abortion bans, and how can you support the morning after pill? Aren't those lives just as innocent?"
Where the issue of abortion should be legislated--state level or national level--is one thing. It's quite another to say that unborn lives don't deserve protection because "we have too many laws already." He says laws against the morning-after pill (not clear if he includes older unborn babies conceived through rape in this) are too hard to enforce. A pragmatic answer to a question of principle. Hmmm. These drugs are only on the market because the FDA has approved them. If you ban the drug, the supply goes away. Sounds pretty easy to enforce to me.
Let's also be clear. The morning-after pill doesn't treat a disease that a rape victim might have. It kills a baby that may have been conceived. Rep. Paul confuses the issue by suggesting the pill might be used to treat a sexually-transmitted disease.
He closed with this statement: "Only the moral character of the people will eventually solve this problem, not a law." In a representative government like ours, laws are a reflection of the moral values of the people. Morals are where we need to start, but morals lead to laws against evil. Murder should not be legal in any form.
Perhaps the most disturbing part of this video is the amount of applause Paul received. He should have been booed off the stage for his impassioned defense of murder under pretense of futility or federalism.
We in the pro-life community have much work to do so that Americans can no longer claim to be "pro-life" while accepting the slaughter of the unborn for any reason.
Wesley Wilson is the President of Let Me Live, a nonprofit dedicated to saving babies by showing the beauty and value of life to women considering abortion. Please learn more about the Let Me Live pro-life billboard campaign. Donations are tax deductible.
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Labels: Election 2012, morning-after pill, rape, Ron Paul