Julie Rovner of NPR blogged that Mitt Romney never really was pro-choice. Here’s the quote:
“In Massachusetts, when he was running for governor…a very liberal state, a state that was pro-choice, he was playing to the audience,” says Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “And he made promises to the pro-choice community at that time that he did not keep,” she said, including vetoing a bill that would have provided emergency contraceptives to victims of rape. “So the fact of the matter is he was not authentic in his position at that time.”
Rovner then points out Read more »
U.S. Representative and GOP presidential candidate, Ron Paul holds three views about abortion that are self-contradictory, as taken from his book Liberty Defined:
1. Life Begins at Conception (and yet…)
Very early pregnancies and victims of rape can be treated Read more »
The United States Constitution established a carefully limited federal government and Ron Paul actively defends the government it established. He says that the Constitution has nothing to say about abortion, that prior to Roe v. Wade, the issue of abortion was left to the states, and that, if Paul had his way, abortion would again be left to the several states to permit or outlaw as each individual state determined.
Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, but not because the Supreme Court presumed to legalize abortion rather than ban it. Roe was wrongly decided because abortion simply is not a constitutional issue. There is not a word in the text of that document, nor in any of its amendments, that conceivably addresses abortion. There is no serious argument based on the text of the Constitution itself that a federal “right to abortion” exists. The federalization of abortion law is based not on constitutional principles, but rather on a social and political construct created out of thin air by the Roe court.
Under the 9th and 10th amendments, all authority over matters not specifically addressed in the Constitution remains with state legislatures. Therefore the federal government has no authority whatsoever to involve itself in the abortion issue. So while Roe v. Wade is invalid, a federal law banning abortion across all 50 states would be equally invalid.
In a post at ronpaul.com, Paul is described as holding
that the ninth and tenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution do not grant the federal government any authority to legalize or ban abortion. Instead, it is up to the individual states to prohibit abortion.
Is Paul correct? Is it necessary to set aside the Constitution to defend innocent life? Read more »
The latest CBS New/New York Times poll on the Republican candidates was released yesterday. It shows Herman Cain leading the pack with 25% support among Republican primary voters and 32% among Tea Party supporters.
The top four candidates in this poll, Cain, Romney, Gingrich, and Paul, all show a steady upward trend in the three CBS/NYT polls (9/16, 10/3, and 10/25) with Cain having the strongest upward trend. The polls show steady erosion of support for Perry and Bachmann with Perry having the sharpest down trend. Indecision also decreased from 22%-14% (from 18% to 8% in the Tea Party subset). Santorum and Huntsman have held steady at around 1%-2%.
Observations: Read more »