Tea Party Senator and rising leader among the American Taliban Rand Paul (Ky) respects the rule of law so much he’s sent out a fundraising email directing his colleagues to disregard it entirely.
As Think Progress reports, the email was distributed via the National Review’s mailing list and calls for Congress to invoke the 14th Amendment to settle, once and for all, the question of when life begins and legal rights attach.
Working from what the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade, pro-life lawmakers can pass a Life at Conception Act and end abortion using the Constitution instead of amending it. . . . Signing the Life at Conception Act petition will help break through the opposition clinging to abortion-on-demand and get a vote on this life-saving bill to overturn Roe v. Wade.
A Life at Conception Act declares unborn children “persons” as defined by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, entitled to legal protection.
The idea that Congress can simply declare the 14th Amendment means whatever Congress says it means is a curious position for Paul to take. But, if placed in the larger context of his neo-Confederacy views, it begins to make more sense. The 14th Amendment is the vehicle by which the federal government ensured racist whites could no longer effectively disenfranchise minorities by guaranteeing that whatever rights the Constitution affords citizens at the federal level are protected at the state level as well.
And since Paul and other anti-woman legislators can’t get around the fact that women have constitutional rights to bodily autonomy that prevent legislators from forcing them back into the home to birth as directed, an assault on the 14th Amendment in the name of fetal personhood is their next plan of attack.
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