America was built on the promise of freedom, with a guarantee that our government would protect our rights to life, liberty, and property. Our founding fathers took great care to enshrine within the Constitution those protections.
We cherish these constitutional rights, and when they are threatened, we fight back loudly. We fight for the right to free speech. We fight for the right to fair and just trials. We fight for the right to bear arms.
We must not forget to also fight for the right to life.
Most Americans believe, and science has long known that human life begins in the womb. Why then, are we not protecting the most vulnerable lives in our society?
We certainly have the power to do so.
Section 1 of the 14th Amendment states, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
This week I am reintroducing the Life at Conception Act, which does not amend or interpret the constitution – it simply relies on the 14th Amendment.
The Life at Conception Act legislatively declares that human life begins at the moment of conception, and therefore, is entitled to legal protection from that point forward. The 14th Amendment authorizes Congress to enforce its provisions, and it’s time that members of Congress accept their constitutional duty to uphold the right to life.
I strongly believe in the sanctity of life, which is why I am again reintroducing this legislation. I have also introduced and co-sponsored many other pro-life bills during my time in the Senate, including the Protect Life Act, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, and the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.
It is unconscionable that government would facilitate the taking of innocent life. But even more unacceptable is the funding of abortions by your tax dollars. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, yet they also try to claim that the hundred of millions of federal funding and your tax dollars that they receive don’t fund abortions. Then why the outrage when I introduced legislation to direct that federal funding to community health centers instead? Community health centers do everything that Planned Parenthood does, except perform abortions.
I strongly oppose any federal funding of abortion, and will attempt to stop the flow of tax dollars to groups who perform or advocate for abortion. I led the fight to prohibit all taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and I promise to continue to fight for every human being’s right to life.
I also believe it is imperative for states to pass their own laws protecting life. By giving power to the states, I sincerely believe we could save hundreds of thousands of lives. In Kentucky during the first week of the 2017 legislative session, Governor Bevin signed two new pro-life bills into law. I’m proud of Kentucky’s leaders for taking such great steps to protect the unborn, and can only hope that even more states follow suit.
As a physician, I’ve treated one and two pound babies in the neonatal nursery. I’ve looked into the eyes of those tiny, miraculous beings. Whether they are in the womb or not, how can we say they don’t deserve the right to be defended?
One of the first things I learned as a physician was ‘do no harm.’ When I was elected to the Senate, I took an oath to defend your constitutional rights. As such, I believe it is both our moral and constitutional duty to protect the unborn, and it is time we restore America’s respect for life.
Rand Paul is a United States Senator representing Kentucky.