Conservative Republican Party presidential candidate Rand Paul, Senator from Kentucky, appeared on Wolf Blitzer’s television program on CNN today, July 30, 2015, to explain his proposal to federally defund Planned Parenthood. Paul is opposed to federal taxpayer money going to fund aborted fetuses and is so far just two votes shy of making it happen in the U.S. Senate. Today Paul said, “As far as what Planned Parenthood does other than abortion; everything else they do is done by community health centers also. We fund 9,000 community health centers and there’s only about 6-700 Planned Parenthood centers. There are plenty of government centers that do all of the things that Planned Parenthood says they do, but they don’t do abortions.”
Paul’s proposal to defund Planned Parenthood came about after a video was released alleging that the organization was selling aborted fetal tissue earlier this month. Planned Parenthood has officially said it does not profit from the sale of aborted fetal tissue; however, did not go so far as to say it does not sell the product. It has come out that Planned Parenthood sells tissue samples for between $30 to $100. “I think what is disturbing to people are these videos of a doctor cavalierly talking about selling body parts. What is disturbing is a doctor who’s talking about using ultrasound to manipulate the baby, turn the baby around, so the baby comes out feet first so they can preserve the organs they are going to sell.”
Rand Paul’s argument is that since the government is already funding community health centers that funding Planned Parenthood is duplicative and inefficient use of federal funds. In Paul’s state of Kentucky, he said there are 65 community health centers for every one Planned Parenthood center. “So there are plenty of places that women can go to for free government provided healthcare. There is no reason for the taxpayer to be involved in something so grizzly, so gastly, and so morally reprehensible that people of all walks of life are roundly condemning this,” Paul said.
Hannah Malstrom, 26, reportedly opined on the subject, “Planned Parenthood should not be funded by taxpayer dollars. We were all once 20 weeks old. If I was ripped limb from limb, and my organs were sold on the black market, I would not be a happy camper. Another big stance in libertarianism is opposition to the death penalty. It’s not right to play God when someone has done something wrong — so why is it right to play God with someone who has done nothing wrong?”
Friend of Rand Paul, U.S. Representative Justin Amash said, “If you believe in the Constitution, and the protection of life under our Constitution, it’s perfectly within the scope of libertarianism to protect life at all stages. It’s perfectly reasonable to apply the equal protection clause to protect that. Not just reasonable — essential.”
During Blitzer’s show, Rand was asked about Donald Trump’s recent comments on immigration where he spoke about sending all illegal aliens that are in our prisons back to their native country. Trump wants to build a large, impenetrable fence along the Mexican-U.S. borard. Trump had also mentioned that he would find an “expedited way of getting them [the good illegal immigrants] back into the country so they can be legal.” Paul responded, “I would start with securing the borders so we don’t have illegal immigration. That’s been needed for 20 or 30 years and I think we’ve had Republican presidents and Democrat presidents refuse to secure the border. Once the border is secure, if you are honest and not a criminal and here for the American dream, which I think the vast majority of people are, yes, we can find work visas for you.” Last week 2012 Libertarian Party presidential nominee, Gary Johnson stated that Donald Trump “should know better than anyone that illegal immigration isn’t about fences and drones. Rather, it is entirely about an arcane system that doesn’t allow immigrants to legally fill the needs of the job market.” Johnson concluded his remarks about Trump’s immigration proposal stating, “As far as all that crime Mr. Trump claims Mexico is sending to us, that’s not an immigration problem. Immigrants, legal or not, don’t commit crimes at any higher rate than we red-blooded Americans do, and border violence — which is very real and very tragic — is almost entirely about a failed War on Drugs and the prohibition it perpetuates.”