Until the coming alien invasion brings order to the political battlefield with promises of "abortions for some, miniature American flags for others," we're going to face a wrenching debate about the role government should play in regulating reproduction.
Faced with the strange-but-true scientific finding that women are fully-formed humans who are capable of making their own decisions on the one hand and the moral intuition possessed by some that unborn life deserves the protection of the state on the other, politicians have long come up with compromises and equivocations. But none so creative as Ron Paul's "estrogen for some, scarlet A's for others" great compromise of 2012…
In an interview from Las Vegas on Piers Morgan Tonight, Morgan asked whether as a man with daughters and granddaughters, Rep. Paul (R-TX) thinks that abortion is warranted if a woman has been impregnated by a rapist.
"If it's an honest rape," Paul replied, "that individual should go immediately to the emergency room, I would give them a shot of estrogen." He claimed, however, that if a woman is "seven months pregnant" and says that she was raped, "It's a little bit of a different story."
I assume that by "honest rape" Paul means "a rape that actually happened" rather than a situation in which the aggressor proclaims, "I'm going to rape you now" and then goes through with it without prevarication. Which raises the question, were the residents of "Rapetown" — that's what the cool kids writing in Ron Paul's newsletters call New York City — "honestly raped" or dishonestly raped? And how will Paul decide if bitches be lying if the offender doesn't even leave a rape receipt?
All interesting questions, presumably to be answered in Paul's new policy paper, "libertarianism for some, draconian state-level abortion restrictions for others."
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