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Rand Paul's Straight Talk on Abortion

By Tuesday, 28 April 2015 11:04 AM Current | Bio | Archive

These past few weeks, Rand Paul has taken up the charge in fighting back the Democratic talking points on abortion: pro-life is the position of extremists, Democrats support women’s “reproductive freedom,” etc.

There is no better defense than a good offense, and that is just what Sen. Paul has done.

It all started three weeks ago in New Hampshire when the media was badgering Rand Paul on whether he supported abortion in the case of rape or incest. (A typical tool of the media to make Republican candidates look too extreme if they don’t support any exceptions, and look squishy to their base if they do support exceptions).

This is when he landed a knockout punch and what has now become a rallying cry for those who support life. He said, “Why don’t we ask the DNC: Is it OK to kill a 7-pound baby in the uterus? You go back and you ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she’s OK with killing a 7-pound baby that is not born yet.”

This is where the game was won. In response to Wolf Blitzer on CNN who asked, “Is it right when he says that it is OK from your perspective to kill a 7-pound baby in uterus?”

After chuckling at the question, as if the decision to abort a 7-pound baby was laughable to her, she provided the tired, canned, Democratic Party’s response, “The Democratic Party’s position: we are pro-choice. We believe that a decision on a woman’s reproductive choices is the best left with a woman and her doctor.”

A laughable response how she supports civil liberties and personal healthcare decisions, unless of course you want to choose your own health plan and buy your own private insurance. Oh no, you are too stupid to understand the law being forced on to you. Government knows best for that.

She has repeatedly refused to highlight one instance when she would say that an abortion should not be provided. It raises the question, If you can abort a 7-pound baby in the womb, then can you euthanize a premature, 2-pound baby born at 6 months outside of the womb because it’s just too much of a burden?

Wasserman-Shultz seems to think this issue is a winner for Democrats, and that it marginalizes Republicans as extremists, but the facts of a recent Marist College Institute of Public Opinion poll from January 2014 tell a very different story:
  • 84 percent of Americans believe abortion should be restricted (within the first three months of pregnancy, in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother) or never allowed at all.
  • 80 percent of Americans support parental notification.
  • 74 percent of Americans support banning abortion after 20 weeks, except to save the life of the mother.
  • 68 percent of Americans believe that life begins with 3 months of conception (53 percent at conception and another 15 percent within 3 months)
The issue has now put Democrats on the defensive. If you position is unfettered abortion-rights all of the time, then it’s safe to say that you are on the fringes of where our society is. This has also been an issue where Science and Technology are now pushing for more restrictions. Due to technological advancements in neonatal care, premature babies are able to survive outside of the womb at 21-22 weeks, with survival rates getting to 80 percent by week 26, according to About Health.

Rand Paul continued to hammer the 7-pound baby example yesterday, and it really struck a chord with me this time. My wife and I were at the doctor’s looking at a 3-D ultrasound of our 34-week-old baby.

The technology is truly amazing, and it opened a debate of whose nose the child has, the types of personality traits the child would have, and what expression the child was clearly making on the screen. The baby was . . . acting like a baby.

The doctor said that the child was very large, and was already almost 7 pounds, and so hearing Rand Paul hammer that point home again yesterday made me think long and hard on this subject.

We live in a country where nine states and District of Columbia have no limits on abortion. What does that say about us?

People on the hard left bow down so blindly to the cause of “reproductive freedom” that they are willing to live in a society where being in the womb is like being on death row for nine months.

The issue of abortion restrictions is a winner for Republicans and should be used as an offensive tool in this debate. Leaving it to a “woman and her doctor” leaves one person out, and that is the baby. We are never going to all agree on where life starts, but we can agree on putting limits on eliminating life.

Kevin Broderick serves as a consultant for a fortune 500 Insurer in the Employee Benefits marketplace for large employers. He received a finance degree from Providence College. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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