Ron Paul: ‘Person’ From Conception

A little over a year ago, Congressman Ron Paul, formerly a Libertarian and Republican presidential candidate, sponsored House Resolution 2597, which states that “human life shall be deemed to exist from conception” and that “the term ‘person’ shall include all human life” so defined. The proposal also states that “the Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review” any measure that “protects the rights of human persons between conception and birth” or “prohibits, limits, or regulates… the performance of abortions.”

In other words, Ron Paul wants not only to overturn Roe v. Wade but to outlaw all abortions.

For an explanation for why a fertilized egg is not a person, and why any legal doctrine based on the faith-based fantasy that it is promises legal chaos and grotesque violations of the rights of actual people, see “Amendment 48 Is Anti-Life.” Amendment 48 is Colorado’s version of Paul’s proposal.

I learned of 2597 indirectly from “Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty,” on which Paul states he is “supporting Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party candidate,” rather than Bob Barr, the Libertarian candidate. I’d never heard of Baldwin, so I looked up his web page. There, he states:

I will use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to demand that Congress enact Dr. Ron Paul’s Sanctity of Life Act which would set forth that every unborn child is a “person” under the Constitution, entitled to equal protection of the law and therefore, no unborn child could be killed without due process of law.

That pointed me to Paul’s proposal. This just goes to show that many people pretending to advocate liberty are in fact its profound enemies.