July 13, 2011

What We Know: Ron Paul

The What We Know series attempts to explain each of the 2012 Presidential Candidates' views on abortion. Earlier, we did Mitt Romney. Next up is Ron Paul, who won the 2012 republican straw poll in June.

The Simple Answer: Three quotes compiled together, all found here: "I am strongly pro-life. . . . I can assure you life begins at conception. . . . The first thing we have to do is get the federal government out of it [abortion]. We don't need a federal abortion police."

Behind the Answer: Four long articles on Paul's stance on abortion can be found here, here, here, and here. Paul himself is pro-life, but he believes that the federal government should stay out of the issue of abortion. He believes that the states should decide whether or not to allow abortions. As a result of his mixed views on abortion, his voting record is similarly mixed. NARAL, which rated President Obama 100% pro-choice, gives Paul a 0% rating, indicating a firmly pro-life voting record. However, NRLC, which also gave Obama a pro-choice rating, gave Paul a 56% rating, indicating a mixed record on abortion voting. Prolifeprofiles.com (second "here" link in this section) is extremely harsh on Paul, placing him in their lowest tier of pro-lifers, which is reserved for those who are "pro-choice with exception." In summary, Ron Paul doesn't believe in federal regulation of abortion, even though he doesn't think that abortion is morally right.


  1. That's so weird that he doesn't believe in getting the government involved. After all, abortion is murder (and he should believe that if he is strongly pro-life!) and the government gets involved in murder of already born people. But making abortion illegal isn't going to fix the problem and we have to be aware of that. The Church has to get involved and show love to these women. We have to SHOW them that there is a better way, not just TELL them.

  2. Okay actually, I'm rethinking this. I think Ron Paul understands that just making abortion illegal isn't going to fix the problem. It might just make it worse and women would again resort to back alley abortions with coat hangers. That was what was happening before 1973. But what is? I think that we, as the Church of Christ, have to answer that question. The Bible holds the answer.

  3. Actually, Ron Paul's issue is with *federal* involvement. He would rather the states themselves decide whether or not to allow abortion. Given his way, the federal government would avoid abortion altogether and simply leave that issue for the state governments to decide.

  4. I haven't ever been impressed with him in debates. He seems a little wimpy on ethics, like he's afraid to take too big a stand just in case he'll lose votes or something. I can tell that he's probably very pro-life internally, but who cares if you don't publicly take action?

    He's given some very pro-life speeches, that I really admire him for, but when it comes to debates... I want to slap the TV! I don't know if it has to do with the fact that when he gives a speech the stage is all his, and when he's debating he's... well, debating... who knows. I just don't think he's very bold.

    I was most impressed with Rick Santorum in the preliminary GOP debate. He really took a stand for Life and Family, and you could tell that he didn't care what anybody else thought. He wasn't conforming to the public, to be a people pleaser and earn more votes. He was impressive.

    I'd love to see Paul Ryan run for president. He has morals, honesty, and integrity. Unfortunately, he has so many of those things that he doesn't want to run because "There is so much going on in Wisconsin right now that I need to be here, not campaigning. I was elected to do this job, and they need me here now." Great, right?

    Haha, long comment!! Ahh politics, gotta love it, right?... Yeah, um, no.


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