Skip to comments.Rand Paul's False Claims on Abortion Don't Match His Previous Statements [KY US Senate]
Posted on 02/24/2010 4:23:01 PM PST by EternalVigilance
Friends of Trey Grayson / Johnson Senate Committee
Joint Press Release
For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Contact: Nate Hodson (Friends of Trey Grayson)
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Contact: Jennifer Walker (Johnson Senate Committee)
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Florence, Kentucky –
Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Businessman Bill Johnson, both Republican candidates for U.S. Senate issued the following response today to the claims contained in Rand Paul’s radio ad on the topic of abortion:
“There’s no ‘probably’ when it comes to the issue of partial birth abortion among Kentucky pro-life activists,” said Grayson. “Whether it’s Bill Johnson or myself, Kentuckians deserve to know who can be counted on to protect life and stand up for our conservative values in the race for U.S. Senate.”
“Rand Paul denies it now, but I’ve heard him say that he supports allowing individual states to decide the issue of abortion. He describes himself as a Constitutional conservative, but he ignores the 14th Amendment to the Constitution that guarantees our rights to life, liberty and property. Life should be protected at all levels of Government, including the Federal level,” said Bill Johnson.
While Rand Paul claims to be pro-life, he has in the past voiced support for allowing states to decide the issue and has opposed federal regulation of abortion. Rand Paul in his own words:
“But he [Paul] was more evasive when it came to some social issues like abortion and gay marriage. He said he believes marriage is between a man and woman but wouldn’t say how he’d vote on such issues in the Senate, instead saying such matters should be left up to states.” (Ronnie Ellis, “Paul Touts Fundraising Success, Stakes Positions On Federal Issues,” The McCreary County [KY] Record, 10/20/09)
“And on abortion, Paul expressed discomfort with federal laws but said he “probably” would have voted for a federal ban on a procedure that has been called partial-birth abortion by its opponents.” (Joe Gerth, “Can Paul win Kentucky Senate Race?”, <http://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache:FaEE6gBusf0J:www.courier-journal.com/article/20091019/COLUMNISTS21/910190324/1071/NEWS0106+Can+Paul+win+Kentucky+Senate+race%3F&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=safari> The Courier-Journal, 10/19/2009)
“I think we should make Roe v. Wade part of our philosophy as far as states’ rights - in believing that states should have the prerogative over this.” (Rand Paul Speaking in Jessamine County <http://kywordsmith.com/#/johnsonvspaul/4535452248> , 9/3/2009)
"I would introduce and support legislation to send Roe v. Wade back to the states." (Rand Paul Speaking in Paducah <http://kywordsmith.com/#/rand-paul-issues/4533680792> , 5/9/2009)
"Libertarian would be a good description," Rand Paul told CNN, "because libertarians believe in freedom in all aspects of your life – your economic life as well as your social life as well as your personal life." (CNN’s Political Ticker, 5/4/2009)
“Paul’s father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is a strong states’ rights advocate who wants the federal government out of people’s lives. He opposes federal drug laws and says the U.S. government should not outlaw gay marriage because only churches should be in the marriage business. During a conference call Friday, Rand Paul, a Bowling Green ophthalmologist, talked around some of those questions and others, perhaps signaling that he knows his positions on such issues might be a tough sell to Kentucky Republicans. He prefers to talk about fiscal issues, allowing him to ride a populist wave that erupted after the nation’s economy went bust, prompting federal bailouts.” (Joseph Gerth, Op-Ed, “Can Paul Win Kentucky Senate Race?” The [Louisville, KY] Courier-Journal, 10/19/09)
“[T]he Paul campaign issued the following response: . . . . ‘Reconciling Rand’s positions with Kentucky voters is easy. Kentucky is a socially conservative state which mostly upholds Christian values. If we protect states’ rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, then we protect Kentucky values from Californians or Vermonters or out-of-control Congressional Democrats and [Alleged] President Obama. Kentucky voters want and deserve to have their rights protected by Rand Paul’s strict constructionist understanding of the United States Constitution.’ David Adams, campaign manager.” (Joe Arnold, ABC Affiliate WHAS’s Political Blog, www.beloblog.com/WHAS_Blogs/PoliticalBlogger <http://www.beloblog.com/WHAS_Blogs/PoliticalBlogger/2009/10/speaking-of-the-social-conserv.html> , Posted 10/20/09)
Middlesboro Daily News: What about instances of rape or incest or where the outcome may not be death, but severe medical problems for the mother or child. Do you think that in these cases the decision should be left to the government rather than the families? Paul: In cases of rape, trying to prevent pregnancies is obviously the best thing. The morning-after pill works successfully most of the time. Ultimately we do better if we do have better education about family planning. With partial-birth abortion, there were five women who testified that it threatened their life. It wasn’t completely true in all cases. They were non-viable babies. They were babies with awful genetic mutations that were not going to survive, and I tend to think we let nature take its course. (Lorie Settles, “US Senate Hopeful Rand Paul Visits Middlesboro <http://www.middlesborodailynews.com/view/full_story/5661743/article-US-Senate-hopeful-Rand-Paul-visits-Middlesboro?instance=home_news_lead> ,” The Middlesboro Daily News, 1/26/10)
Additional press release from the Johnson campaign:
BILL JOHNSON FOR U.S. SENATE
February 24, 2010
Contact: Bill Johnson
JOHNSON COMMENTS ON JOINT PRESS RELEASE
ELKTON — Kentucky GOP Senate Candidate Bill Johnson today issued the following statement about the joint Friends of Trey Grayson/Johnson Senate Committee press release:
“I will remain my own candidate in this Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate. Dr. Paul agrees with my positions on fiscal issues and Mr. Grayson agrees with my positions on social/moral issues. However, I stand alone on matters of energy independence and the defense of our nation; both critical to voters of Kentucky
“As a veteran and business leader experienced in the field of energy and national defense, I have the background necessary to lead in the U.S Senate. As a Friend of Coal, I will work to eliminate the Federal Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and return those responsibilities to the states. We need to mine for coal, drill for oil, and build power plants right here in Kentucky. Voters can trust that as a veteran who defended our nation in the first gulf war, I will always stand strong on national defense and border protection.
“The May 18th Primary is critical to our future. We need a U.S. Senator who is correct on all the issues important to Kentucky.”
It’s all Greek to me.
Rand Paul doesn’t think the national government has the imperative duty to protect the unalienable rights of all. Just like his dad. States’ rights trumps all.
Long story short: Rand Paul couldn’t figure out for sure whether he’d vote for the Partial Birth Abortion ban.
Looks like he also has no problem with the “morning after” pill, which is an abortifacient. In other words, it kills babies.
I wonder what Sarah Palin’s position is on the “morning after” pill.
The way the Pauls see it an individual state would be perfectly within their "rights" if the abolished laws against murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping.
Murder is prosecuted as a state crime. It’s a almost always a state issue. I agree that under the Constitution, a fetus should be protected the same as any other citizen, however the murder of other citizens is a state crime not a federal crime.
“The way the Pauls see it an individual state would be perfectly within their “rights” if the abolished laws against murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping.’
Actually they do to an extent. For example, killing someone that breaks into your house is treated differently in Texas as opposed to New York. In one case it’s murder, the other it is not.
"No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
Funny. Trey( I voted as a RAT delegate for BJ Clinton and my Daddy is a white trash NKY bankster) Grayson has bought this Johnson guy and they are now running as a team?
Can you make a case that the original intent of the authors of that amendment was to provide for a federal ban on abortion?
The Fourteenth Amendment could make it a civil rights violation. Murder is a state crime not a federal crime. We really don’t want to make it a federal crime.
If a state law is unconstitutional because of the 14th, then take that to court. The federal government has no authority under the constitution to prosecute such crimes.
I think the people that have an ax to grind with Sarah will turn a blind eye to that fact.
Can you make the case that the child is not a person?
What other of our unalienable rights do you believe this about other than the right to life?
Wow. What a complete misrepresentation that is.
Why do I need to? I just want to know if what you're proposing is based on an objectively defensible original intent interpretation of the Constitution, or if we're dealing in "penumbras and emanations".
A simple question, and one that needs to be asked.
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