Respectfully, I would very much appreciate it if Jill Stanek would weigh in on this.
My friend James Leonard, who blogs at Theo-Politico, posted this message on Facebook:
What would you do if you were a doctor, and you found a baby that survived an abortion, coughing and struggling, and unattended? Wouldn’t you rescue it and give it medical treatment? By his own admission, Dr. Paul walked away and did nothing. Note that this is Ron Paul’s own ad.
There are a couple of very troubling things here. First, I don’t know what blackness is inside a person who can walk away from that and not do anything to save the baby. It is completely alien to me that anyone could be so cold as to do NOTHING. Paul says this was rather a turning point for him.
On one occasion in the 1960s when abortion was still illegal, I witnessed, while visiting a surgical suite as an OB/GYN resident, the abortion of a fetus that weighed approximately two pounds.
It was placed in a bucket, crying and struggling to breathe, and the medical personnel pretended not to notice.
Soon the crying stopped. This harrowing event forced me to think more seriously about this important issue.
Okay, I believe people can change, but I am trying to get my mind around how any OB/GYN resident could have possibly walked away and done nothing — let alone when abortion was illegal — and not have had what is sometimes referred to as a “come to Jesus” moment and become an activist for life.
It is very difficult for anyone to believe things they can’t even get their mind around, and I cannot get my mind around it, and so that is why I have trouble believing his story about what happened in the “surgical suite” in his ad. It is certainly a judgment call on my part, which certainly means that I could be wrong. Others may judge this situation differently. But then, consider that he still supports abortion in the form of the morning after pill.
Very early pregnancies and victims of rape can be treated with the day after pill, which is nothing more than using birth control pills in a special manner. These very early pregnancies could never be policed, regardless. Such circumstances would be dealt with by each individual making his or her own moral choice.
This is not an isolated thing. He has passed it on to others, not only by advancing the idea in his political campaign, but passing it on to his son. His son Rand Paul holds the same position. Rand voluntarily offered the morning after pill as a “solution”, if you will, to pregnancy in cases of rape and incest and, without being asked about it, voluntarily disputed the need for the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act authored and championed by Rick Santorum.
MDN: You also stated on Kentucky Tonight that: ‘I think that it’s a mistake to legislate morality and health from the state.’ We’ve talked about healthcare and privacy. You’re pro-life. Are there any exceptions to that?
RP: Yes, in the case of the mortality of the mother.
MDN: What about instances of rape or incest or where the outcome may not be death, but severe medical problems for the mother or child. Do you think that in these cases the decision should be left to the government rather than the families?
RP: In cases of rape, trying to prevent pregnancies is obviously the best thing. The morning-after pill works successfully most of the time. Ultimately we do better if we do have better education about family planning.
With partial-birth abortion, there were five women who testified that it threatened their life. It wasn’t completely true in all cases. They were non-viable babies. They were babies with awful genetic mutations that were not going to survive, and I tend to think we let nature take its course.
This is one of many reasons why Rand Paul was not endorsed in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate primary by Ky Right to Life. In response to their refusal to endorse him, apparently in order to cast doubt on their credibility, Rand Paul’s campaign forged a questionnaire that he had previously failed to completely answer and made a big story about the questionnaire as if that were the reason he didn’t get the endorsement. In reality, his incomplete questionnaire was just one reason he was not endorsed. His position on the morning after pill and partial birth abortion were much bigger reasons not to endorse him, but the important thing to Rand seemed to be to make people believe that he was pro-life and being oppressed by the “establishment” Ky Right to Life.
My point here is that not only do I have trouble with Ron Paul’s story about the baby born alive after an attempt at an illegal abortion in a “surgical suite”, I have trouble with his support for the morning after pill, his claim that the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act was “constitutionally flawed“, and his passing on these same positions to his son who is now (without my vote, because I did a write-in) my own U.S. Senator. I also have a great deal of trouble with the fact that people in various pro-life organizations continue to claim that Ron Paul and Rand Paul are “pro-life”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Pro-life people don’t behave in this manner, nor take positions like this.
I am unequivocally pro-life. I can never, in a million years, sit idly by and yawn off claims that Ron and Rand Paul are pro-life, particularly by organizations that are ostensibly working to end abortion. If I am the last person on earth saying so, I will still say that Ron and Rand Paul are not pro-life, and I will take issue with anyone who claims they are.
There is only ONE pro-life champion in the race for president. Rick Santorum. Watch this video, and know that we have to stand NOW with him or America will continue to decline.