Why I Don't Care What Rand Paul Thinks About AbortionSubmitted by Kathleen Gee on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 17:54
I believe abortion is the wedge issue that Progressives and the LSM will use to divide the Liberty Movement and guarantee that the Clinton Dynasty wins the 2016 election. I'm already seeing this in comment-section trolling against Rand Paul.
Do the math…if Conservatives, Republicans and Libertarians vote as a block, there is no way for Progressives to overcome those numbers. Only by splintering off pro-choice voters do the Progressives have any hope at winning national elections.
"Because she's pro-choice" isn't a good enough reason to vote for a Progressive, ever.
So, here's my take on abortion. I have completely mixed feelings, so my opinions are guaranteed to enrage almost everyone who reads this; but I truly hope that those of us who are pro-choice can recognize who our real enemies are, moving into the 2016 campaign. It won't matter if abortion remains legal if most of us are unemployed, bankrupt and/or locked up in FEMA camps.
I grew up in the early seventies, during the "womens' movement." In middle school, I saw a number of young teen girls like myself who got pregnant and dropped out of school and ended up with pretty miserable lives as poor, uneducated single mothers.
Unlike these girls, I didn't have sex until I was an adult, and I never had unprotected sex. So I'm not now, nor have I ever been, "in the market" for an abortion. Even so, I've been pro-choice ever since I first learned what an abortion was. Why? Because even today, I don't know what choice I would make if I were to get pregnant.
I have medical issues that would make any pregnancy very risky to the point of being life-threatening. And there's the potential for hereditary problems that I don't want to pass on to any children. And yet…even if my own life were at stake, or if I knew for a fact my child would be born with severe genetic problems, I don't know that I have it in me to have an abortion. No matter how much I needed one, I still think it's a gruesome and heart-rending choice.
I'm pro-choice because if I can't even make that decision for myself, how in the world would I be qualified to make it for anyone else? (And the fact is, Roe v Wade will not ever be overturned. It just won't. )
Rand Paul, as the son of an OB/GYN who delivered 4,000 babies, is (understandably) anti-abortion. I think he's entitled to his opinion. I also don't believe that as President he has the ability (or will) to inflict his personal abortion beliefs on me on a Federal level. Like is father, Rand has stated that abortion is a State issue. And even in the unlikely event that he did try to outlaw abortion, and the whole of Congress went along with him, it's very easy for me to do as I've always done—act responsibly—to ensure that I don't get pregnant. Yes, I can "opt out" of the entire abortion debate by taking personal responsibility. (Thanks to the 2nd Amendment, I can also take personal responsibility to protect myself from rape and the minute chance of getting pregnant against my will.)
Any pro-choice woman who is afraid of being denied access to abortion can do what it takes to ensure that she doesn't need one in the first place. Condoms are cheap. Abstinence is free. In virtually every county in America there's a non-profit organization or social service agency that will give you free birth control if you ask for it.
And for my anti-abortion friends (with whom I strongly empathize) — Roe v Wade is settled law. The best the anti-abortion movement can hope for (in my opinion) is to make abortion so culturally and socially unacceptable that only women who medically need them will seek them out. In the same way that drunk driving and smoking have marked people as social pariahs, I believe social pressure can make abortions rare, yet still legal and safe for the few women who medically need them.
We pro-choice libertarians, conservatives and Republicans must take the "abortion sledgehammer" away from Progressives and their fellow travelers in the media. And just as importantly, we shouldn't use it against each other when we have so many other fish to fry before we can all enjoy a return to a Constitutional Republic.