Rand Paul: Protecting Fetuses, Not Airline Passengers

| by Reason Foundation

By Brian Doherty

Kentucky Republican Rand Paul started off what I hope is a long and fruitful career as "Senator No," as the sole vote against a federal law outlawing aiming laser pointers at aircraft. It's the kind of simple criminal law that can and should be taken care of by states, he thinks.

In another move that strikes those who don't see fetuses as lives worthy of protection as grossly unlibertarian, but which fits in perfectly with the standard non-anarchist libertarian vision of government's limited purpose if you do, Sen. Paul has also cosponsored the "Life at Conception Act," which would define the unborn as "persons" under the 14th Amendment and thus protectable by federal action.

Paul explains his position:

Protecting Americans – whether it’s balancing the budget or ensuring no child will be denied the right to life – is my priority now – as it has always been. As a medical student, I was one of a small group of students who opted out of learning abortion procedures. My regard for the sanctity of life has carried me throughout my career as a physician and I am proud to join my new colleagues to continue this fight for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans, born and unborn.”