Rand Paul: Government Should Play a Role in Restricting Abortion
April 16, 2015 Since declaring his presidential candidacy, Sen. Rand Paul has cited his work as an ophthalmologist to back up his anti-abortion record. He has often spoken of holding “one-pound babies” in his hand while performing eye examinations on them. At a conference hosted by an anti-abortion group on Thursday, Paul specified that the babies he was examining often suffered from “retinopathy of prematurity,” a condition that can lead to blindness if left untreated.
“When I see these little babies and I put them in the palm of my hand, I think, ‘Well gosh, this baby certainly has rights,’” Paul told the crowd gathered in a ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington for the conference hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List.
In the past, Paul has sponsored a personhood amendment and backs a 20-week abortion ban, but more recently he has gained scrutiny for dodging questions about specifics. In the first week of his official presidential campaign—during a whistle-stop tour that criss-crossed the country—reporters branded Paul for giving “testy” interviews when asked for details about his stance on exceptions to abortion restrictions.
Now, let’s see what Hillary Clinton says: