The Other Ron Paul: Not A Ladies Man

Anti-war activism and deregulation of marijuana may be popular in some circles, but Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) may have more explaining to do concerning his position on women’s issues.   We can start by looking at his bill H.R. 1099, which he introduced in the 112th Congress on March 15, 2011.  H.R. 1099, “Taxpayers’ Freedom of Conscience Act of 2011 – Prohibits a federal official from expending federal funds for any foreign or domestic population control or population planning program or family planning activity (including any abortion procedure).”

Representative Paul also introduced H.R. 1096 which:

Deems human life to exist from conception, without regard to race, sex, age, health, defect, or condition of dependency and requires that the term “person” include all such human life. Recognizes that each state has authority to protect the lives of unborn children residing in the jurisdiction of that state.

Amends the federal judicial code to remove Supreme Court and district court jurisdiction to review cases arising out of any statute, ordinance, rule, regulation, or practice, or any act interpreting such a measure, on the grounds that such measure: (1) protects the rights of human persons between conception and birth; or (2) prohibits, limits, or regulates the performance of abortions or the provision of public funds, facilities, personnel, or other assistance for abortions.”   (emphasis added)

Representative Paul also signed on to Representative Mike Pence’s (R-IN) bill, H.R. 217, which:

“Amends the Public Health Service Act to prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Service (HHS) from providing any federal family planning assistance to an entity unless the entity certifies that, during the period of such assistance, the entity will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion. Excludes an abortion where: (1) the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or an act of incest against a minor; or (2) a physician certifies that the woman suffered from a physical disorder, injury, or illness that would place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy. Excludes hospitals from such requirement so long as the hospital does not provide funds to any non-hospital entity that performs an abortion.”

In short, no funding for any family planning agencies unless they pledge not to provide abortions.

H.R. 358, introduced by Representative Joseph Pitts (R-PA) also received Representative Paul’s co-sponsorship.  H.R 358:

Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to prohibit federal funds from being to used to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.)

Requires any qualified health benefit plan offered through an Exchange that includes coverage for abortions to also offer a qualified health benefit plan through the Exchange that is identical in every respect except that it does not cover abortions.

Prohibits a federal agency or program and any state or local government that receives federal financial assistance under PPACA from requiring any health plan created or regulated under PPACA to discriminate against any institutional or individual health care entity based on the entity’s refusal to undergo training in the performance of induced abortions, require or provide such training, or refer for such training.

Additionally, we find Representative Paul’s co-sponsorship on the now infamous H.R. 3. (No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act)

Whatever one might think about family planning, conception, or abortion, it is truly interesting that a person claiming to be devoted to Small Government, and individual freedom would so consistently and somewhat vehemently support government restrictions and regulations on such intimate family decisions.

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