Ron Paul on Abortion

Last Updated : Dec 06, 2011

Summary

Congressman Paul is Pro-Life. As a doctor who has delivered thousands of babies Congressman Paul believes that life begins at conception. He also notes that the Constitution declares that any authority not given to the federal government is relegated to the states, and that with abortion not being addressed within the constitution the matter is a state issue to be handled at the local level like any other crime. For this reason, he notes that Roe vs Wade was wrongly decided as the federal government does not have authority over the matter. 

To reinforce his moral belief that life begins at conception, Congressman Paul has noted in debates and speeches that the law attaches legal rights and protections to a fetus at the moment of conception. These legal rights range from hereditary rights to legal protection from harm. He notes that as a doctor, he is legally liable for accidents or malfeasance when delivering or caring for an unborn child. 

During the 2008 election cycle, Congressman Paul was asked who should be punished if abortions were illegal. He noted that in his view it was legally a state matter and that if he were elected President then there would be no need to make that decision. He also noted that while there was no good answer, as a doctor he never saw a third trimester abortion that was medically necessary. From that viewpoint, the doctor should be punished for the crime.

Given his moral pro-life stance and Constitutional views that the federal government should have no involvement in abortion, Congressman Paul opposes the use of federal funds to perform or encourage abortions.

In accordance with his stated position, Congressman Paul has sponsored legislation to declare that life begins at conception and to ensure that no federal funds are allocated to perform abortions. The Congressman has also proposed legislation to remove abortion from the jurisdiction of the federal courts and return it to the state level.

 

Support for the Hyde Amendment

In 2001, Congressman Paul spoke on the House floor about his support for the Hyde amendment to prevent taxpayers funds from going to groups overseas that provide abortions.

 

Federalization of Social Policy

In January of 2006, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to discuss the need to remove the federal government from issues such as abortion.

 

Opposition to federal involvement in abortion

In November of 2007, Congressman Paul responded to a question asking who should be charged with a crime if a woman received an abortion and it was illegal. He stated that abortion was not a matter that the President or the federal government should be involved in. He notes that the issue should be a state matter according to the constitution and not relevant to the office of president. He then notes that as an OB-GYN himself, he has never seen a case where an abortion was medically necessary in the third trimester. He states that any doctor performing such a procedure should be punished.

 

Speech at Bob Jones University

In June of 2008, Congressman Paul discussed his views on abortion at Bob Jones University. In that speech, Dr. Paul notes the 4,000 babies he has delivered in his medical career. He discusses the moral requirement of people to help those who are pregnant and do not wish to be, and then discusses the legal aspect of abortion.

Congressman Paul notes that life begins at conception in his opinion and that legal matters uphold this belief as hereditary and legal protections come into affect at conception. He notes that any doctor harming a fetus is legally culpable after conception. He notes that a woman can go to an abortion clinic moments before delivery and receive an abortion and pay a doctor to perform it. However, if she delivers the child and throws it away, she is charged with murder.

Congressman Paul also notes again that abortion is a state issue, that the federal government does not have the authority to assert itself through a law like Roe vs Wade. 

 

2008 Presidential Debate

In the 2008 Presidential race, Congressman Paul spoke about his beliefs on abortion in a debate. He notes that he believes strongly in civil liberties. He then asserts that the protection of liberty is academic without the protection of life, born and unborn. Congressman Paul then discusses the legislation that he is introduced called the Right to Life Act that asserts that life begins at conception. He notes that this is not a belief of his, but a scientific statement.

 

Nashua Telegraph Debate 

In June of 2007, Congressman Paul was interviewed by the Nashua Telegraph in New Hampshire for the Presidential race. He is asked what kind of policy he would like to see enacted.

 

2006 Congressional Race

In 2006, Congressman Paul spoke about his right to life bill in a debate. In addition to addressing his pro-life views, Congressman Paul notes legislation that he has introduced to take abortion out of the realm of jurisdiction for federal courts.

 

Discussing abortion on The View

In the run up to the 2008 election, Congressman Paul appeared on "The View" and discussed the subject of abortion. Congressman Paul notes his legal and moral views on abortion.

 

Opposition to state funding abortion

In a July 2009 audio address, Congressman Paul spoke about the morality of using taxpayer funds to pay for abortions.

 

National Right to Life Speech

In 2007, Congressman Paul spoke at the National Right to Life Council.

 

Fox News / Google Debate

On September of 2011, Congressman Paul participated in the Fox News / Google debate. He is asked about his support for an exception for rape and incest and discusses his overall pro-life stance as well.

 

2012 Presidential Campaign Website Statements

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

Voting Record

Amendment - Planned Parenthood Funds

In February of 2011, the House passed an amendment to prevent the use of funds by Planned Parenthood. Ron Paul voted in favor of the amendment to prevent funds from going to planned parenthood.

Ron Paul voted in favor of the amendment to prevent funds from going to planned parenthood.

Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act

In December of 2006, the house attempted to pass the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006. The act sought to require an abortion provider who knowingly performs an abortion of a child who has reached 20 weeks or more to inform the woman of (among other things) the probable age of the child, and obtain the woman\'s signature on the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form. Despite the support of most of the Republicans and 40 Democrats, the measure failed to pass in roll call 526. Ron Paul cast a "No Vote"

Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006 created a set of requirements for a doctor performing an abortion. These requirements included informing the mother as to the age of the child and informing the mother that the child could experience pain during the procedure. The measure failed 250-162. Ron Paul cast a "No Vote"

Child Custody Protection Act

In September of 2006, the House passed the Child Custody Protection Act 264-153 and sent the measure back to the Senate. The CCPA was slightly different than the Senate version and did not pass the Senate. Ron Paul voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Ron Paul voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

In April of 2005, the house passed the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. The measure sought to amend the federal criminal code to prohibit transporting a minor across a state line to obtain an abortion.The measure passed the house in roll call 144, but no vote was taken in the Senate. Ron Paul voted against the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

Ron Paul voted against the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

Laci and Connors Law

The unborn victims of violence law was also called Laci and Connor\'s law. The law stated that anyone who harmed a fetus in utero was guilty of a seperate offense, provided they knew the victim was pregnant and intended to harm the unborn child. The bill was supported by most Republicans and oppossed by most Democrats in a 254-163 vote. Ron Paul voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Law.

Ron Paul voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Law.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

In October of 2003, the House passed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 281-142 vote. In this particular vote, the House agreed to the conference report from the Senate. Ron Paul voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Ron Paul voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Partial Birth Abortion

In June of 2003, the House passed the partial birth abortion ban act. The legislation sought to to prohibit any physician or other individual from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion, except when necessary to save the life of a mother that is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury. Although it passed in the house, it was not brought to a vote in the Senate. Ron Paul voted in favor of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.

Ron Paul voted in favor of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.

Child Custody Protection Act

The Child Custody Protection Act amended the Federal criminal code to prohibit transporting an individual under age 18 across a State line to obtain an abortion. The Act passed the House in a 260-161 vote, but did this particular bill did not come up for a vote in the Senate. Ron Paul voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Ron Paul voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002

In September of 2002, the House passed the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002 229-189. This legislation prohibited the Federal Government, and any State or local government that receives Federal financial assistance, from discriminating against any health care entity because the entity refuses to provide coverage of, or pay for, induced abortions. Ron Paul voted in favor of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002.

Ron Paul voted in favor of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002.

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

In April of 2001, the House voted on the Unborn victims of violence act to enact punishment for federal crimes committed against a mother and her fetus. The measure passed the House 252-172 but was not voted on in the Senate. Ron Paul voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Ron Paul voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Mexico City Policy

The amendment in question sought to preserve the "Mexico City" policy which prohibited funds to foreign organizations that promote abortions. A vote in favor of the amendment was a vote to preserve the rule. A vote against the amendment was a vote to abolish the policy. The Amendment had a 218-210 vote. Ron Paul voted in favor of the Mexico City Policy Amendment.

Ron Paul voted in favor of the Mexico City Policy Amendment.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000

In April of 2000, the House passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000 287-141. The legislation made it a crime to perform a partial-birth abortion. Ron Paul voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000.

Ron Paul voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000.

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

In September of 1999, the House voted on the Unborn victims of violence act to enact punishment for federal crimes committed against a mother and her fetus. The measure passed the House 254-172 but was not voted on in the Senate. Ron Paul voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Ron Paul voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Child Custody Protection Act

In June of 1999, the House passed the Child Custody Protection Act 270-159. The legislation sought to prohibit transporting an individual under age 18 across a State line to obtain an abortion. Ron Paul voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Ron Paul voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

296-132. The legislation sought to prohibit any physician from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother. Ron Paul voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Ron Paul voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Child Custody Protection Act

In July of 1998, the House passed the Child Custody Protection Act 276-150. The legislation sought to prohibit and set penalties for transporting an individual under age 18 across a State line to obtain an abortion. Ron Paul voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Ron Paul voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

In March of 1997, the House passed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act 295-136. The legislation did not have enough votes to overturn a veto. Ron Paul voted in favor of the Ban.

Ron Paul voted in favor of the Ban.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-107; Bill Number-H R 2175; Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 - Cosponsor

Directs that in determining the meaning of any Act of Congress or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various U.S. administrative bureaus and agencies, the words "person," "human being," "child," and "individual" shall include every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive (as defined in this Act) at any stage of development.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 3; No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law (federal funds) for any abortion. Prohibits federal funds from being used for any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.) Disallows any tax benefits for amounts paid or incurred for an abortion or for a health benefits plan that includes coverage of abortion, including any medical deduction for such amounts or any credit for such an employer-sponsored plan. Prohibits the inclusion of abortion in any health care service furnished by a federal or District of Columbia health care facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government or the District. Provides that such prohibitions shall not apply to an abortion if: (1) the pregnancy is the result of forcible rape or, if the pregnant woman is a minor, incest; or (2) the woman suffers from a physical disorder, injury, or illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, as certified by a physician.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 217; Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Public Health Service Act to prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Service (HHS) from providing any federal family planning assistance to an entity unless the entity certifies that, during the period of such assistance, the entity will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion. Excludes an abortion where: (1) the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or an act of incest against a minor; or (2) a physician certifies that the woman suffered from a physical disorder, injury, or illness that would place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy. Excludes hospitals from such requirement so long as the hospital does not provide funds to any non-hospital entity that performs an abortion. Requires the Secretary to annually provide Congress: (1) information on grantees who performed abortions under the exceptions; and (2) a list of entities to which grant funds are made available.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 358; Protect Life Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to prohibit federal funds from being to used to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.) Requires any qualified health benefit plan offered through an Exchange that includes coverage for abortions to also offer a qualified health benefit plan through the Exchange that is identical in every respect except that it does not cover abortions. Prohibits a federal agency or program and any state or local government that receives federal financial assistance under PPACA from requiring any health plan created or regulated under PPACA to discriminate against any institutional or individual health care entity based on the entity's refusal to undergo training in the performance of induced abortions, require or provide such training, or refer for such training. Creates a cause of action for any violations of the abortion provisions of PPACA. Gives federal courts jurisdiction to prevent and redress actual or threatened violations of such provisions by issuing any form of legal or equitable relief, including injunctions and orders preventing the disbursement of all or a portion of federal financial assistance until the prohibited conduct has ceased. Gives standing to institute an action to affected health care entities and the Attorney General. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to designate the Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to receive and investigate complaints alleging a violation of PPACA abortion provisions. Requires the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to ensure that no multistate qualified health plan offered in an Exchange provides coverage of abortion services.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5939; No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits: (1) the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law for any abortion or for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion; (2) any tax benefits for amounts paid or incurred for an abortion or for a health benefits plan (including premium assistance) that includes coverage of abortion; and (3) the inclusion of abortion in any health care service furnished by a federal health care facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 614; Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act - Cosponsor

To amend title X of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 4133; Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act - Cosponsor

To amend title X of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 4157; Sanctity of Human Life Act - Cosponsor

To provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 6453; Schoolchildren's Health Protection Act - Cosponsor

Amends the General Education Provisions Act to prohibit the provision of federal education funding to state or local educational agencies that provide unemancipated minors with postcoital emergency contraception or prescriptions for such contraception on the premises of elementary or secondary schools.

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