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Ron Paul Supports Abortion in Only Cases of “Honest Rape”

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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.

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Published on: February 6, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    I think that what is most telling is how he completely works up and switches from being “pro-choice” to being pro-abortion and discussing the people who love abortion. It’s very silly. This hypothetical scenario where women want to terminate their pregnancies the hour/day/week/month before giving birth is troubling because (a) women simply want decision making abilities to what happens to their bodies and (b) providing the resources early in the pregnancy would eliminate the necessity to revisit the conversation at countdown to delivery. I’m not certain how often that scenario even occurs, but I would be willing to guess that it’s the least likely occurring scenario. This is a stupid, baseless argument and I’m just impressed that Ron Paul was able to keep a straight face when he was expressing it. (Also, don’t make me go off about “honest rape”)

     
  • Reggies

    There is no logic whatsoever involved in that answer…….none.

    For the party that is supposed to be about our freedoms, that logic just doesn’t ring true.  You can’t have it both ways.  One top of this, so many people are against abortion, yet for the death penalty.

    The “you were raped, but now you need to carry that baby full term” thought process is totally flawed and absolutely ridiculous.

    And to think that someone has already gone out and voted for this idiot.

     
  • http://twitter.com/thee_stupid the_stupid

    I hope you get a response from @RonPaul because this is so convoluted it’s scary.

     
  • MargaretSanger

    Abortion good -kill em young kill frequently kill often forget birth control keep gettin pregnant and keep killin em put in a revolving door on dose hoochie mamas coochie gone be like a hotdog down a hallway when they done suckin out all the baby parts they mash up

     
    • Anonymous

      Sigh, Fake Margaret Sanger. Ridiculous and offensive. And for the record, if you think that Ron Paul gives half a fuck whether Black folks are falling victim to selective eugencics, you’re mislead. And missing the point of “choice” vs “forced sterilization”. 

       
      • EBurghardtDuBois

        forget all dat bullshit no need for forced steril-u-zation kill em all kill often as long as we gots de abortion no need to be careful get pregnant as much as we want kill em all kill em early  take the RU-486drug and starve dat baby of food and air den push out its dead body or do my all time fav let them stick in dat suction machine wit the knife on the end and cut that baby to pieces then suction they body parts into a bag. Yeah kill em all kill em young we dont need to worry bout shit. We gets to choose we choose to fuck and haf babies den kill dem all fuck dat noise I aint wearin no rubba aint nobody I know gots de aids and we just kill em all when we wants

         
        • Anonymous

          Being pro-choice doesn’t mean engaging in irresponsible (and dangerous) sexual practices. It means supporting a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her body. Your position is immature and, again, dangerous. Missing the point.