Sen. Rand Paul is an interesting candidate for the Republican party. His opposition to the drug war and the expansion of the National Security Agency (NSA) make him appealing to younger Americans, a voting block that the Republican party desperately needs if they hope to regain the White House. While Paul has some opinions that differentiate from the typical party line, he seems to be getting back in line in an attempt to seem more credible in a Republican primary.
Though had previously stated he wouldn't try to ban abortion, he seems to be moving toward the right of the political spectrum on one of the most important social issues in American politics. During an interview with the American Liberty Association released over the weekend, Paul spoke about the right of a fetus and the importance of "personhood." “It is a big issue for me," Paul said, "I tell people that really it is all about when life begins."
Paul continued, stating that a fetus should have the same rights as a new born child. Rand Paul also remarked that if the rights of the unborn are disrespected, civilization couldn't survive.
"The interesting thing is when you’re in the neonatal nursery and you've got a one-pound baby, everybody acknowledges that that baby has rights, the Bill of Rights applies to that baby and nobody can hurt that baby...It’s a one-pound baby. But a week before, even a full-term seven-pound baby has no rights, according to the way people are looking at it, and I think that is a big mistake...I think, and I often say in my speeches, that I don’t think a civilization can long endure that doesn't respect the rights of the unborn.”
A woman's right to choose, anti-abortion, pro-life or pro-choice, no matter how you describe the topic, it's one that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. The issue over abortion rights is often a personal one, where there is no right or wrong answer. Rand Paul seems to have aspirations for the future and is setting himself up to be in the best possible position heading into 2016 than he could be.