From Politico this weekend we’re informed that Rick Santorum says Ron Paul does not stand for life:
[Paul] doesn’t vote for anything restricting abortion on a federal level because he doesn’t think the federal government should be involved in restricting abortion…Well, that’s just wrong! The bottom line is that we need to have restrictions on abortion.
Santorum must have a bad memory at best, or be lying at worst. For in 2003, despite his misgivings, Paul voted “Yea” on HR 760 and “Yea” again on S3, the Santorum sponsored Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.
And what were Paul’s misgivings? There were two and they were big. Both can be found in his remarks from the House floor but I’ll let him summarize here. The bill…
- “…inadvertently justifies federal government intervention into every medical procedure…”
- “…ingrains the principles of Roe v. Wade into our justice system, rather than refutes them as it should.”
So despite his reservations, Paul voted for a bill that Santorum sponsored in order to save a life thus disproving Santorum’s claim that “…[Paul] doesn’t vote for anything restricting abortion…”
Paul made clear then as he does today, Santorum and all the other progressive GOP candidates seek to use the unconstitutional power of the federal government for their own causes. Paul, and Paul alone, is the true conservative, seeking to preserve the constitutional republic our founders entrusted to us.