Stanek weekend question: Does Ron Paul’s position that abortion is a state (not federal) issue matter?
I’ve asked a question similar to this before.
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul believes the abortion issue should be settled at the state level. From his campaign site:
Ron Paul believes 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.
I call this the Steven Douglas position on abortion. Douglas, who ran against Abraham Lincoln for president, believed individual states should determine the legality of slavery. Lincoln, of course, believed it was a federal issue.
But there is no question Ron Paul is solidly pro-life and would promote the sanctity of human life if elected president.
Paul has released a compelling and commendable ad entitled, “Life,” that Politico reports “has several hundred thousand dollars behind it and a radio version will air in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada“…
I agree with Tina Korbe’s analysis at Hot Air:
With the exception of the very initial cheesy narration, this ad doesn’t feel like a campaign spot. It comes across instead as a public service announcement – and an utterly important one….
Paul comes across as so poignantly sincere when he speaks on the subject of life that it’s hard for me to believe this video is just a ploy for votes. Frankly, I wish more campaign ads were like this one – quiet encapsulations of important convictions.
Paul’s ad will help uphold life and denigrate abortion to the American public, as will he if elected president.
So does Paul’s position on abortion really matter? As president, he could not hamper a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution other than criticize it, although it is doubtful one is forthcoming in the foreseeable future.
Or perhaps you agree with Paul’s position….