Pro Liberty candidate, consistently pro liberty... with one exception!Submitted by galtgulch on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 18:28
A woman should have the right and the responsibility to determine whether she will continue to carry a pregnancy to full term or not if her right to her own life is recognized and respected.
Otherwise she is not truly free and liberty does not apply to her. If she is to be coerced to remain pregnant against her own will she is effectively enslaved.
The audacity of religious people of any religion to impose their own ideas and understanding on others who may not share their world view is egregious. Some of you were raised to believe that a "soul" enters a fertilized ovum at the moment of conception. This is not proven nor provable, rather it is a matter of faith.
Faith is defined as a willingness to accept something as true for which there is no rational evidence.
In the absence of rational evidence, those of you who have been indoctrinated within your religion to believe that a microscopic cell which contains the genetic material to become a human being, is a person and has a right to its own life.
The crucial word there is "become." The fertilized ovum does have the potential to become a human being but it is just that, a potential human being, not an actual human being at that stage of embryonic development.
Grasp the distinction between a potential human being and an actual human being.
The pregnant woman is certainly an actual human being and she possesses the right to her own life and the right to her own freedom of action. If she wants to have a baby then she will do what she needs to do to nurture the embryo inside her. If she does not then she has the right to stop it before it becomes viable or is born.
Failure to make this distinction means that the claim to consistency in advocating for the liberty of every individual including pregnant women should be recognized.
I want to see Ron Paul elected. I do fear establishment of a theocracy in this once proud republic. I do not want to have my children and grandchildren raised in a society in which someone who does not respect individual freedom to use their own mind imposes their irrational, faith based theocracy on others.
No matter whether the theocracy is orthodox Judaism, fundamentalist Islam, orthodox Christianity or any other ideology which would hold the interests of the State, or the Common Good, or the Good of the Tribe, or the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, upon any of us.