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Civil Liberties ‘Hero’ Rand Paul Proposes Fetal Personhood. Again.

Civil Liberties ‘Hero’ Rand Paul Proposes Fetal Personhood. Again.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) proved once again that when he claims to stand up for civil liberties what he really means is that he stands up for the civil liberties of white guys.

Fresh off accolades even from the left of his speaking filibuster of CIA head John Brennan in the name of a never-expanding police state, Paul introduced the Life at Conception Act, a bill that would declare that human life begins at conception, grant fertilized eggs the same legal status as born persons and would completely criminalize abortion in the United States. “The Life at Conception Act legislatively declares what most Americans believe and what science has long known – that human life begins at the moment of conception, and therefore is entitled to legal protection from that point forward,” Paul said in a statement. “The right to life is guaranteed to all Americans in the Declaration of Independence and ensuring this is upheld is the Constitutional duty of all Members of Congress.”

Paul is a long-time supporter of criminalizing abortion at the federal level while endorsing states to do the same because he hates big government and believes that individuals should be free to make even unpopular decisions without government pressure. Oh wait. Not quite.

Paul, who also opposes the Civil Rights Act, believes it is the 14th Amendment, the very vehicle that makes the Civil Rights Act a reality, that gives Congress the power to declare life begins at conception AND that it can do so without violating Roe v. Wade.  Because, you know, consistency.

Now would be a good time to remind all those libertarian-minded Paul supporters who insist they can support Paul AND women because all Paul wants to do is return abortion to the states that this proposed legislation would do the exact opposite. So, hooray! States rights!

It’s hard not to be flip with Paul here. If the mainstream conservative movement really wants this extreme position, one that takes away a woman’s right to self-autonomy at the expense of potential life, to be it’s legacy, then Paul is their guy. Because this “fetal life” talking point fails to admit that the single most effective way to keep women out of public life, to keep them dependent, is to make them unable to control their ability to become mothers. That’s the tradition Paul is trying to enshrine. Let’s be very clear about that.

 

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10:03AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

I'm trying to find out the take on Planned Parenthood from those participating in the abortion discussion. Do you guys stand with Planned Parenthood? Do you think they are a good organization? Thanks in advance for any reply.

6:44PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

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6:20PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

@ Susan T..........Its interesting you commented on the 2nd point in your reply to me as i pretty much went over that in my other posts i did later further explaining why i put what i wrote.....actually from this post you would only need to scroll a short distance.....and since you have made so many replies to this thread i find it hard you missed them.Read my 5 posts[one after the other] and get back to me,i'm sure my words will then be clearer,even if you still disagree with me.

I also never said birth control dont fail....you make alot of stuff up about me,i'd get your facts straight cause you dont know me,specially after writing that stuff about war and 9/11,how'd that stuff pop into your head??? I aint a jackass i wrote what i wrote for purpose,i welcome your reply once you actually read all that i wrote,and then i'll certainly reply back to you.

11:16AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

@ Ken H "I'm fully against the idea of disposing of life without real purposeful meaning,as without meaning there is no reason,and those reasons should not be connected to ones selfishness."

Where have you been during all the discussions of the Iraq war - fought over oil and Bush's desire to be a wartime President - where there were thousands of American deaths and perhaps as many as 100,000 civilian Iraqi deaths? Your post sounds like you are one of those individuals who feel abortion is murder but the death penalty and useless illegal wars are just fine.

@ Ken H "Woman CAN control not becoming mothers by having safer sex.If a woman 100% dont want kids so she can climb the corp ladder then dont have sex."
Oh that's right - because pregnancy is 100% a female caused problem - men have nothing to do with it and no responsibility for birth control, which, according to you, never fails. Women's choices are: sex and kids or no sex at all. And of course women make the decisions about men wearing condoms, right? LOL

11:04AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

"Paul, who also opposes the Civil Rights Act, believes it is the 14th Amendment, the very vehicle that makes the Civil Rights Act a reality, that gives Congress the power to declare life begins at conception AND that it can do so without violating Roe v. Wade. Because, you know, consistency."

SO well said! LMFAO.

I do applaud Paul for speaking up recently about the NDAA's and the Justice Dept's apparent assertion of the right to make drone strikes against American citizens. But on any kind of economic issues he is koo koo, and obviously he is in the middle ages when it comes to women.

6:26PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

**facepalm** I am too irritated by this asshat to come up with a witty remark.

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10:34AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Paul and his fundamentalist collegues would probably have a brain (if they had any) coronary if they could lock all women up in fertility camps, force us to become pregnant and keep being that until times up. He wants to control women's wombs and if he gets his will, this country and all the rest of the allies, would become a sharia state for women. No voting rights. No right to education. No inheritage rights. Only property of men to do with what they like. Some may say I'm into S/F or being pessimistic. But just read all those suggestions for laws coming from the right, that focus on women and children, then you'll realize I'm not far off in my predictions. Paul and other women haters/wannabe-women-controllers have one goal only and that is to get back to the old days of women being owned and controlled by their fathers and husbands. All of us women and our allies among men, must put a complete stop to all those attempts to silence women and the tries to take away our rights to our own bodies. A blob, embryo or fetus isn't viable life until it is born alive.
Btw, I would be very interested to know if any of these women haters have ever payed a girlfriend to have an abortion. It wouldn't surprise me at all because hypocrisy runs deep among these characters. Also, if even a smidgen of these proposals became law, we also have to ban men from masturbation, watching porn, visit strip clubs etc. Anything that has to do with sexual gratifications outside of marriage have to be o

1:26AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Linda M- couldnt care less if it were 10X the amount killed by guns in the last ~33yrs- it's still a miniscule percentage & the Constitution still takes precedent. I don't care to divert the conversation to gun/people control. I simply mentioned I like Rand Paul EXCEPT for his BS personhood bill & life begins at conception crap. Thomas H retorted w/some silly BS about "recent" seat belt laws, etc, so I responded. Tou guys whine all you want about Rand, but he & his father have never wavered from what I've seen. Rand has fought hard for the 1st, 2nd, & 4th ammendments & that means something to me. I just wish he (& reps in general) would get over their complete anti-choice BS & do something more constructive w/their time. Personally, I dont think birth control should be covered by health care (unless for other reasons like women's health issues) but it'd be the lesser of two evils when we have 7B people in this world...

Respectfully...

10:42PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Thank you for the superbly written article! Sharp wit and intellect assuages my fury at some of the buffoons in our government. Speaking of buffoons..... I can only say thank goodness men do not have the babies because if men did, the human race might not exist. Furthermore, I wonder what men would do if women were in power and decided to pass laws that forced men to have vasectomies,or a procedure that rendered men unable to achieve satisfaction. In Africa and in Egypt men have established laws of that very nature to suppress the libido of women because it is--a problem. I am speaking of the mutilation of female genitalia. Women, in contrast, do not call for the mutilation of men to suppress their libido. The truth is men
have been threatened by women because some men cannot suppress their libido which they in turn project on women. In addition, men have oppressed women for centuries because men are threatened by women. Men have a problem with the fact that women have the power to give birth, or at least that is how some men have perceived it, so some men were and are compelled to keep women in a role of submission. However, women will not be suppressed. Men have no place in women's personal affairs.

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