It’s the start of hurricane season on the east coast, which makes it a perfect time for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to play abortion politics with federal flood relief dollars.
The faux-bertarian Senator moved this week to hold a bi-partisan flood insurance bill hostage until the Senate considers Paul’s unrelated “fetal personhood” measure which would give legal protections to fetuses from the moment of fertilization. Paul tacked the fetal personhood bill as an amendment to a bill that would bolder the National Flood Insurance Program. The bill had been expected to pass easily until Paul gummed up the works.
“I’m told last night that one of our Republican senators wants to offer an amendment — listen to this one — wants to offer an amendment on when life begins,” Reid said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “I am not going to put up with that on flood insurance. I can be condemned by outside sources; my friends can say, ‘Let them have a vote on it.’ There will not be a vote on that on flood insurance. We’ll either do flood insurance with the amendments that deal with flood insurance, or we won’t do it. We’ll have an extension.”
Paul has been out front in his crusade to criminalize pregnancy by granting legal rights to fetuses, so this move should come as little surprise. Besides, its not like the Paul brand of libertarianism embraces an expansive view of liberty–just the kind available to the white christian men of this country.
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