|Letter to Ron Paul.
||[Jul. 27th, 2007|01:26 pm]
one dour badger
So people have been bugging me about my absence from LJ. It's been a while since I've had anything I really thought was worth posting for public consumption. Not that my life has been terribly boring or empty, it's just that the things I've been doing have their own dedicated forums. :)|
Today, though, I wrote something that might spark some interest.
date: Jul 27, 2007 1:23 PM
subject: Question from a pro-choice independent.
I find myself in strong agreement with Congressman Paul on nearly every issue he's spoken about, with one major exception: I am adamantly pro-choice. This does not have to be a deal breaker, though, depending on exactly how Dr. Paul plans to translate his moral position (which I respect and do not wish to debate) into governmental policy.
Ron, you have stated that you believe abortion to be a cultural issue first, because any law will simply be broken (just as it was before Roe v. Wade) if popular morality does not recognize it as valid. Here, then, is my question: do you propose, at any time, to enact any Federal legislation banning abortions outright? or, do you propose to simply eliminate any blockades to the States enacting such legislation on their own jurisdiction? The latter position is one I can endorse.
If in fact you intend to promote legislation, one other question is necessary. You have spoken in terms of the difference between one minute before birth, and one minute after birth. This is not so vital to me as the difference between one month before conception, and one month after. Are you equally opposed to early-term abortion, including chemically induced abortion, before the fetus has differentiated organs?
I'll note that I don't care about loss of Federal funding to abortion clinics; a central pillar of your platform is elimination of many Federal programs and the taxes which support them!
As an independent voter, I am on the brink of registering Republican this year to give Ron Paul my support in the primaries. Whether I do so hinges on this issue. I doubt I am the only voter caught in this dilemma, and a public statement clarifying the details of your agenda might be valuable.
- Lief Clennon