Today on “Thankful Thursdays”, I want to thank Ron Paul.
I recently read an article that talks about his stance on abortions after rape. His stance, as he apparently clarified to that pinnacle of interviewers Piers Morgan, is that, if a woman comes to an ER claiming an immediately preceding rape, then she should be given the drugs or hormones necessary to cause an abortion, but that, get this, it wouldn’t actually be an abortion. Let that sink in for a moment.
Now, I’ll say what we’re all thinking: an extremely incredulous “what?!” Basically, Paul’s reasoning that this is permissible is that we don’t really know if fertilization has taken place so it’s okay to possibly murder a theoretic human being so long as we aren’t sure if they’re there or not. Apparently Paul must have been in opposite land on the day he swore that part in the Hippocratic Oath where doctors promise to err on the side of life, just in case, because here he is clearly acting in that way.
Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God. (sadly, from Wilipedia)
To him, those last words (emphasis my own) must mean that we should “play at God”, but only in cases of rape, and especially when we just aren’t sure. So thank you, Ron Paul, for clearing that up for me. The only thing you had going for you (not that I would ever have voted for you with all of your whack-a-doodle ideas on foreign policy) was your totally pro-life stance and your understanding that, as Horton says, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” I thought that you were a libertarian who understood that one person’s right to the life they want does not outweigh another’s right to life. I’m glad you could clear that up for me.