Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul stirred up the abortion debate on April 25 when he publicly criticized his Republican colleagues over their current positions on the controversial topic.
Speaking at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in Waukee, Iowa, the Kentucky senator told the conservative crowd he was "tired of us retreating on this issue."
“I’m going to push back. I’m going to be a key part of this and keep talking about it,” Paul reassured the crowd of mainly conservative voters.
He also told the crowd he believes the abortion issue is one that Republicans can win over Democrats.
He said, “84 percent of America is not comfortable with third-trimester abortion. Let’s flip the tables on them. I think we can win this argument.”
Paul has "pushed back" on the topic, going after high-profile Democrats and questioning them on their views. One of the more well-known targets is Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, also the leader of the Democratic National Committee.
Earlier this month, Paul wondered why the media was not asking the congresswoman about her views on abortion.
“Why don’t you ask the DNC, ‘Is it OK to kill a 7-pound baby in the uterus?’” he said to reporters at a campaign stop in the early primary state of New Hampshire, CNN reported.
“You go back and you ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she’s OK with killing a 7-pound baby that is just not yet born yet. Ask her when life begins, and you ask Debbie when she’s willing to protect life. When you get an answer from Debbie, come back to me,” he said to reporters.
Wasserman Schultz responded with a short statement, saying, “Here’s an answer: I support letting women and their doctors make this decision without government getting involved. Period. End of story. Now your turn, Senator Paul.”
In a survey conducted in 2013, Pew Research revealed that a majority of Americans find abortion morally wrong. For example, 64 percent of Hispanic Catholics, 58 percent of African-American Protestants and 75 percent of white Evangelical Protestants that abortion was morally wrong. However, 51 percent of respondents also said abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 43 percent believed otherwise.
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