“Life At Conception Act” too extreme, harms party

I always thought Rand Paul was a hard core Libertarian, and I’d always thought that Libertarians were social liberals who thought the government should stay out of people’s lives and let people do what they want, including things like drugs, sex, birth control, and even abortion, basically agreed with all the social issues of Liberals, but opposed the big government welfare stuff. I also thought they were generally opposed to federal laws and favored state’s rights.

So I was surprised that Rand Paul is a radical pro-life guy who supports a maximally extreme radical federal law to end all abortion in the whole country by enacting a federal “Life At Conception Act” :

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘Life at Conception Act’.

SEC. 2. RIGHT TO LIFE.

To implement equal protection for the right to life of each born and preborn human person, and pursuant to the duty and authority of the Congress, including Congress’ power under article I, section 8, to make necessary and proper laws, and Congress’ power under section 5 of the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Congress hereby declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being. However, nothing in this Act shall be construed to require the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

For purposes of this Act:

(1) HUMAN PERSON; HUMAN BEING- The terms ‘human person’ and ‘human being’ include each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.

(2) STATE- The term ‘State’ used in the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States and other applicable provisions of the Constitution includes the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and each other territory or possession of the United States.

govtrack.us says it has a 2% chance of passing, which is probably about right, but it has a 90% chance of tarring all Republicans and Social Conservatives and Pro-Life supporters as crazy extremists who if enough of them are elected, will suddenly enact a super extreme law that not only outlaws all abortion in the whole country (even for rape victims), but also would outlaw IUDs and other types of birth control that prevent implantation, some hormonal birth control and emergency contraception, and also do something really crazy: force us to implant cloned embryos and multiple embryos created in IVF, making IVF much more expensive and/or dangerous.

They don’t need to define life at conception in order to end abortions, because 100% of abortions take place long after the heart beat and implantation in the uterus, so they could define life at heartbeat and it would still be sooner than any woman has ever had an abortion. And heartbeat would be much better legal definition of life, consistent with death, and consistent with the Bible, and consistent with biology.

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    And heartbeat would be much better legal definition of life, consistent with death, and consistent with the Bible, and consistent with biology.

    I could argue that the Bible states that life begins even before conception.  There are a number of examples of pregnancies being predicted long before anyone knew about them in the Bible.  In fact, not only were pregnancies predicted, but the character and personality of the person being born from that pregnancy were predicted.  

    As a social conservative, and Christian, I believe God knows about each and every child before they are even conceived in the womb.  He knows how they will grow up, and what they will do for work, and how they will live their lives.  He knows this because our lives are like pages in a book that only He can turn back and forth.  

    I know that belief system makes me part of the 1% religious right wing, but I can’t deny who I am.

    Of course, my secular argument would be quite different and I could argue for the tolerance of abortion due to rape, incest and the life of the mother being threatened by the pregnancy.

  • This is Rand Paul being a:

    (1) HUMAN PERSON; HUMAN BEING- The terms ‘human person’ and ‘human being’ include each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.

    ….pro-cloning TRANSHUMANIST!!

    Booga booga….

  • LIFE, as well as liberty and the pursuit of happiness were not “too extreme” for our Founding Fathers.  

    Next,

    I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!

    — Senator Barry Goldwater, 1964 Republican Presidential nominee.

    Then again,

    I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; – but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest – I will not equivocate – I will not excuse – I will not retreat a single inch – AND I WILL BE HEARD. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead.

    — William Lloyd Garrison, Abolitionist, January 1831.

    Furthermore,

    Better to be always in a minority of one with God – branded as madman, incendiary, fanatic, heretic, infidel – frowned upon by “the powers that be,” and mobbed by the populace – or consigned ignominiously to the gallows, like him whose “soul is marching on,” though his “body lies mouldering in the grave,” or burnt to ashes at the stake like Wickliffe, or nailed to the cross like him who “gave himself for the world,” – in defence of the RIGHT, than like Herod, having the shouts of a multitude crying, “It is the voice of a god, and not of a man!

    — William Lloyd Garrison, Abolitionist, January 1866.

    National Pro-Life Alliance

    NPLA’s Mission

    Legislatively Overturning Roe v. Wade with a Life at Conception Act

    Listen to a special message from Senator Rand Paul

    A Special Message from Senator Roger Wicker

    For 39 years, nine unelected men and women on the Supreme Court have played God with innocent human life.

    They have invented laws that condemned to painful deaths without trial more than 56 million babies for the crime of being “inconvenient.”

    In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling forced abortion-on-demand down our nation’s throat.

    In the past, many in the pro-life movement have felt limited to protecting a life here and there — passing some limited law to slightly control abortion in the more outrageous cases.

    But some pro-lifers always seem to tiptoe around the Supreme Court, hoping they won’t be offended.

    Now the time to grovel before the Supreme Court is over.

    Working from what the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade, pro-life lawmakers can pass a Life at Conception Act and end abortion using the Constitution instead of amending it.

    That is why it’s so urgent you sign the petition to your Senators and Congressman that I will link to in a moment.

    You see, while the national media has talked a lot about the impact of economic issues on this past election, the untold story is just how well pro-life candidates did.

    So it is vital every Member of Congress be put on record.

    And your petition will help do just that.

    Signing the Life at Conception Act petition will help break through the opposition clinging to abortion-on-demand and get a vote on this life-saving bill to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    A Life at Conception Act declares unborn children “persons” as defined by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, entitled to legal protection.

    This is the one thing the Supreme Court admitted in Roe v. Wade that would cause the case for legal abortion to “collapse.”

    When the Supreme Court handed down its now-infamous Roe v. Wade decision, it did so based on a new, previously undefined “right of privacy” which it “discovered” in so-called “emanations” of “penumbrae” of the Constitution.

    Of course, as constitutional law it was a disaster.

    But never once did the Supreme Court declare abortion itself to be a constitutional right.

    Instead the Supreme Court said:

    “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins . . . the judiciary at this point in the development of man’s knowledge is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.”

    Then the High Court made a key admission:

    “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case [i.e., “Roe” who sought an abortion], of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”

    The fact is, the 14th Amendment couldn’t be clearer:

    “. . . 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 law.”

    Furthermore, the 14th Amendment says:

    Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”

    That’s exactly what a Life at Conception Act would do.

    But this simple, logical and obviously right legislation will not become law without a fight.

    And that’s where your help is critical.

    You see, it will be a tough fight, but I believe with your signed petition it is one we can win.

    http://www.prolifealliance.com

    Dear Pro-life American,

    Tragically, over 4,000 babies are aborted every day in our nation.

    That’s over 1.6 million every year!

    But by passing a Life at Conception Act you and I can end abortion in America!

    The Supreme Court itself admitted in Roe that once Congress establishes the personhood of unborn children, they must be protected by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which explicitly says: “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property.”

    Since the Supreme Court is waiting for someone to tell them who the law counts as persons, let’s not wait another minute!

    Your petition will let your Senators and Congressman know that their constituents support full protection for the unborn and that they must stand for life in Washington.

        Sincerely,

        Rand Paul,

        United States Senator (R-KY)

    http://nationalprolifealliance

    Life at Conception Act Petition

    to: Your U.S. Senators and Representative

    Whereas:   Because of Roe v. Wade, more than 56 million unborn children have died through abortion; and

    Whereas:   In Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court declared it could not resolve “the difficult question of when life begins” – and on the basis of this unresolved question, declared a new “right to abortion” based on a “right of privacy”; and

    Whereas:   The 14th Amendment to the Constitution 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 law”; and

    Whereas:   In Roe, the Supreme Court admitted: “If . . . personhood [for the unborn] is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth] Amendment…” (Roe v. Wade [410 US 113 at 156-7]); and

    Whereas:   Science is clear that human life begins at conception when a new human being is formed; and

    Whereas:   The American people oppose abortion-on-demand and want innocent human life to be protected especially when it is most defenseless; and

    Whereas:   It belongs to Congress to resolve the question the Supreme Court said IT cannot resolve; and

    Whereas:   A Life at Conception Act, by declaring that unborn children are persons legally entitled to constitutional protection, will rescue millions of unborn children from dying by abortion-on-demand;

    Therefore: I urge you to cosponsor and cast every vote for a Life at Conception Act, and to do everything necessary to win ultimate passage in the United States Congress.

    http://nationalprolifealliance

    In conclusion,

    I cherish as strong a love for the land of my nativity as any man living. I am proud of her civil, political and religious institutions – of her high advancement in science, literature and the arts – of her general prosperity and grandeur. But I have some solemn accusations to bring against her. I accuse her of insulting the majesty of Heaven with the grossest mockery that was ever exhibited to man – inasmuch as, professing to be the land of the free and the asylum of the oppressed, she falsifies every profession, and shamelessly plays the tyrant.

    I accuse her, before all nations, of giving an open, deliberate and base denial to her boasted Declaration, that “all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

    I accuse her of legalizing, on an enormous scale, licentiousness, fraud, cruelty and murder.

    — William Lloyd Garrison, July 1833.