Don’t tell Ron Paul supporters that he has become all but an afterthought in the current GOP race. That said, I don’t think his recent comments in an interview with Piers Morgan may come back to bite him in the ass. In last Friday’s interview, Paul said he would be supportive of a woman’s right to an abortion only in cases of “honest rape“. Because, you know, women tend to lie about rape.
This isn’t really surprising; especially since Ron Paul is opposed to a woman having the right to file a claim for sexual harassment. Yep, Paul recently said that if a woman was sexually harassed, her natural (and only) course of action should be to terminate her employment. That’s right, don’t even think about holding anyone accountable for creating an uncomfortable work environment. Yeah, jokes of a sexually inappropriate nature? Penis on your shoulder while sitting in your cubicle? Yep, just shut up and quit like a big girl would. Yep, sexual harassment is illegal in Libertarian land.
“Employee rights are said to be valid when employers pressure employees into sexual activity. Why don’t they quit once the so-called harassment starts? Obviously the morals of the harasser cannot be defended, but how can the harassee escape some responsibility for the problem? Seeking protection under civil rights legislation is hardly acceptable.” – Ron Paul, Freedom Under Siege: The U.S. Constitution after 200-Plus Years
My guess is that the train of thought is that none of this is in the constitution, no? Yep, obviously in Libertarian utopia, just like in the real world, the rights of women are compromised and just not important. Uh huh, Paul went on to argue that women should not have the right to abort a “nine-pound baby,” despite the fact that 90 percent of all abortions occur within the first trimester.
MORGAN: But it’s a dilemma that I am going to put to you. You have two daughters. You have many granddaughters. If one of them was raped — and I accept it’s a very unlikely thing to happen. But if they were, would you honestly look at them in the eye and say they had to have that child if they were impregnated?
PAUL: No. If it’s an honest rape, that individual should go immediately to the emergency room. I would give them a shot of estrogen or give them –
MORGAN: You would allow them to abort the baby?
PAUL: It is absolutely in limbo, because an hour after intercourse or a day afterwards, there is no legal or medical problem. If you talk about somebody coming in and they say, well, I was raped and I’m seven months pregnant and I don’t want to have anything to do with it, it’s a little bit different story.
But somebody arriving in an emergency room saying, I have just been raped and there is no chemical — there’s no medical and there’s no legal evidence of a pregnancy.
Watch it here: