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.