Libertarian, small-government minded Rand Paul certainly doesn’t let “personal liberty” get in the way when it comes to a woman’s right to make her own healthcare choices. Completely ignoring facts and sensationalizing the “issue” of 7 pound baby abortions, Paul asked this question of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz:
Why don’t we ask the DNC: is it OK to kill a 7-pound baby in the uterus? You go back and go ask Debbie Wasserman-Schultz if she’s OK with killing a 7-pound baby that’s just not born yet.
Wasserman-Shultz provided an answer as requested:
Here’s an answer. I support letting women and their doctors make this decision without government getting involved. Period. End of story. Now your turn, Senator Paul. We know you want to allow government officials like yourself to make this decision for women –– but do you stand by your opposition to any exceptions, even when it comes to rape, incest, or life of the mother? Or do we just have different definitions of ‘personal liberty’? And I’d appreciate it if you could respond without ‘shushing’ me.
Paul was confronted by Wolf Blitzer about his stance on “personal liberty” and asked Paul straight out, “When should a woman have a right to have an abortion?”
Paul didn’t give an answer, as usual. He instead went into being a physician and holding tiny babies in his hand, again sensationalizing 7, 8, and 9 pound abortions as though women are lining up in droves to end third-trimester pregnancies as a form of birth control.
That simply isn’t true. Less than 1.5% of abortions happen after 20 weeks gestation, and those are typically for medical reasons. Other reasons that are between a woman and her doctor are none of Paul’s business, but there are only 4 doctors in the entire country that will perform a third-trimester abortion.
Those abortions come at a great cost to woman both physically and emotionally, as those pregnancies aren’t generally categorized as “unwanted.” They make up a minute percentage of abortion procedures and are extremely expensive.
For Paul and the Republican Party to continue to use this sort of propaganda to do nothing other than keep their religious base energized is a complete travesty.
Watch Wolf Blitzer Destroy Rand Paul with DNC Chair’s answer to his ridiculous question.
H/T: Mediaite | Image: Screen Capture