Belief: Abortion is wrong
Ron Paul has always touted his libertarian views, even running in opposition to the Republican Party as a libertarian in the 1988 presidential election.
Many argue this is why he continues to fall in fourth and fifth place in many major polls, having alienated huge portions of the base with his “strict” views.
However, Paul has one thing in common with the party: He is vehemently against abortion. In fact, he’s willing to work to ban it, a position that would seem in opposition to his other less government involvement views.
“This whole notion of life being valuable just is something I was never able to accept,” he states in a personal commercial ad. “Who are we to decide that we pick and throw one away and pick up and struggle to save the other ones?”
His campaign has begun to run the ad in Iowa according to ABC News expressing this connection to the Republican Party in hopes of helping him in the state’s caucus this January.
The Vote: Voted Against Abortion
The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000 aimed to prevent all physicians from performing partial abortion unless necessary to save the life of the mother.
The bill made it through the House, where Ron Paul voted in favor of it, but was tabled upon arrival in the Senate. When time came to clean out all the old bills that never made it anywhere, H.R.3600 was forgotten.
However, new life was breathed into the document a few years later, where it eventually became law. Now known as The Partial-Birth Abortion Act of 2003, Paul voted in favor of it, as well.
In fact, Paul has shown a number of times that he firmly opposes the Rowe v. Wade decision. Because he is a doctor, he has made an effort to separate himself from other candidates as an expert on medical issues.
Conclusion: Stuck to Ideals
In this instance Paul voted in the same manner as he believes. He has yet to flip-flop on the issue. However, in this rare occasion he has submitted that more governmental involvement is better, which seems to go against his values.
“This doesn't go against his libertarian views at all, actually,” argues the coordinator for the University of Iowa Youth for Ron Paul chapter Tim Huwaldt.
“If you look into the libertarian philosophy, the most precious rights that any human being has are his or her God given right to life, liberty, or property.”