June 11th, 2007


Ron Paul on abortion

stmachiavelli wrote:

Roe v. Wade is a terrible decision. It goes beyond bad.

But nothing Ron has done has worked towards changing that. Nothing. We know from another commenter that Ron doesn’t support, vote for, or sponsor legislation that he doesn’t actively support or write for. From this we can infer that his stance on abortion vs. states rights is pretty clear.

His belief in the wrongness of abortion outweighs his belief in the right for the states to decide.

To which I replied:

I think you and Paul are in agreement on abortion. Yes, he’s pro-life, but he doesn’t think it should be a matter decided at the Federal level:


“Under the 9th and 10 amendments, all authority over matters not specifically addressed in the Constitution remains with state legislatures. Therefore the federal government has no authority whatsoever to involve itself in the abortion issue. So while Roe v. Wade is invalid, a federal law banning abortion across all 50 states would be equally invalid.”


“The notion that an all-powerful, centralized state should provide monolithic solutions to the ethical dilemmas of our times is not only misguided, but also contrary to our Constitution. Remember, federalism was established to allow decentralized, local decision-making by states. Yet modern America seeks a federal solution for every perceived societal ill, ignoring constitutional limits on government. The result is a federal state that increasingly makes all-or-nothing decisions that alienate large segments of the population.

This federalization of social issues, often championed by conservatives, has not created a pro-life culture, however. It simply has prevented the 50 states from enacting laws that more closely reflect the views of their citizens. Once we accepted the federalization of abortion law under the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, we lost the ability to apply local community standards to ethical issues. It is much more difficult for pro-life advocates to win politically at the federal level. Those who seek a pro-life culture must accept that we will never persuade 300 million Americans to agree with us. Our focus should be on overturning Roe and getting the federal government completely out of the business of regulating state matters. A pro-life culture can be built only from the ground up, person by person. For too long we have viewed the battle as purely political, but no political victory can change a degraded culture. A pro-life culture must arise from each of us as individuals, not by the edict of an amoral federal government.”

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