Senator Rand Paul, taking a break from the campaign trail and his own pursuit of the Office of the President, has introduced legislation which intends to give unborn children constitutional protection to be born and not aborted.
Dr. Paul’s legislative proposal may be a sign of the times as thousands of conservative activists ignore the cold weather and gather in Washington D.C. for their annual “March for Life” anti-abortion rally, as announced on the MarchforLife website.
In a statement about the rally, quoted by Jordain Carney in a story posted at theHill, Dr. Paul has also slammed his congressional colleagues, saying that they’ve refused “to recognize that the right to life is guaranteed to all Americans — born and unborn.” Furthermore, he is also states that as president, “I will fight to protect the unborn from the very moment life begins.”
The proposed legislation, according to Carney’s post, quotes Dr. Paul’s belief that “science has long known — that human life begins at the moment of conception.” America must choose, he said. “Only when America chooses, remembers, and restores her respect for life will we rediscover our moral bearings and truly find our way,” he said.
Doctor’s oath: ‘do no harm’
From his own website, Dr. Paul explains his mindset as a physician on the matter of life. “As a physician, one of the first things we learn is to ‘Do no harm.’ Since Roe v. Wade decision, over 50 million children have been killed in abortion procedures. As President, I would strongly support legislation restricting federal courts from hearing cases like Roe v. Wade, in an effort to stop harming the lives of the unborn.”
The Senator says he “strongly believe in the sanctity of life,” and that “[u]nder the 14th Amendment, it is the government’s duty to protect life as defined in our Constitution.”
Instead, government is “funding abortions,” he said, something for which the federal government should not be doing. “… as President, I will attempt to stop the flow of taxpayer dollars to groups who perform or advocate for abortion.”
Senator Paul would give more power to the states and he believes this would save many lives. “I believe we may be able to save millions of lives, and do no harm, by allowing states to pass their own anti-abortion laws. By giving this power to the states, I sincerely believe we would save hundreds of thousands of lives.”
Dr. Paul’s legislation may be placed on the Senate calendar next week, according to Carney’s report, which means it could “skip over” the committee process, and it may also be allowed “to come up for a vote, though no floor time has been scheduled.”
Senator Paul has distinguished himself, prior to and during this campaign cycle, for speaking his mind and acting strategically to reach different types of voters, as evidenced by his recent boycott of a GOP debate as well as taking a heartfelt stance against the doom-and-gloom rhetoric from congressional colleagues in 2013 who were proclaiming financial default.