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During my time in Congress, I regularly introduced legislation forbidding organizations that perform abortions from receiving federal funding. The US Government should not force taxpayers to subsidize an activity they believe is murder. Thus, while I was horrified by the recently released videos showing Planned Parenthood officials casually discussing selling the organs of aborted babies, I am glad that the reaction to these videos has renewed efforts to end federal funding of abortion.

My experience in Congress does not leave me optimistic that federal funding of Planned Parenthood will be ended this year, however. This is not just because the current US president is pro-abortion. When I started my efforts to end taxpayer support of abortion, I was shocked to find out how many Republicans, including some self-described “pro-life” leaders, were unsupportive of, and sometimes hostile to, my efforts.

Most pro-life politicians preferred to add language to funding bills prohibiting federal funds from being used for abortions, rather than denying federal funds to abortion providers. This approach does not stop US taxpayers from subsidizing abortions. The reason is that money is fungible. Giving Planned Parenthood $100 to use for non-abortion activities allows it to spend an additional $100 of its non-government funds on abortion.

Foreign interventionists in both parties were particularly hostile to my efforts to eliminate federal funding for international organizations that performed or promoted abortions. This is a foolish policy that gives people around the globe another reason to resent the US government.

Planned Parenthood may have abandoned the explicitly racist and eugenic views of its founder Margaret Sanger, but the majority of its abortion “services” are still provided to lower-income and minority women. Every day nearly 2,000 African-American babies lose their lives to abortion, a rate five times higher than the Caucasian abortion rates.

I support the black lives matter movement. I have long advocated an end to the drug war, police militarization, and other threats to liberty that disproportionately victimize African-Americans. However, I wish some of the black lives matter movement’s passion and energy was directed to ending abortion. Unborn black lives also matter.

The federal government has no constitutional authority to permit, fund, or even outlaw abortion. Therefore, efforts to make abortion a federal crime are just as unconstitutional as efforts to prohibit states from outlawing abortion. A Congress that truly cared about the Constitution would end all federal funding for abortion and pass legislation restricting federal jurisdiction over abortion, thus returning the issue to the states.

While passing legislation may help limit abortion, the pro-life movement will never succeed unless it changes people’s attitudes toward the unborn. This is why crisis pregnancy centers, which provide care and compassion to women facing unplanned pregnancies, have done more to advance the pro-life cause then any politician. By showing women they have viable alternatives to abortion, these centers have saved many lives.

One factor hindering the anti-abortion movement’s ability to change people’s minds is that too many abortion opponents also support a militaristic foreign policy. These pro-lifers undercut their moral credibility as advocates for unborn American lives when they display a callous indifference to the lives of Iraqi, Iranian, and Afghan children.

Libertarians who support abortion should ask themselves how they can expect a government that does not respect the unborn’s right to life to respect their property rights. Therefore, all those who wish to create a society of liberty, peace, and prosperity should join me in advocating for a consistent ethic of life and liberty that respects the rights of all persons, born and unborn.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Renoman says:

    What the World needs now is a lot less people, what America wants is a lot less Black people. It ain’t ever gonna happen Ron.

  2. Tom_R says:


    Thanks for the interesting article, Sir. I agree that what this Planned Parenthood official did is truly disgusting and they should be criminally prosecuted.

    However, I think the issue of abortion among blacks needs to be considered in light of some facts.

    Even if the rate of abortion among blacks is higher, we must consider the fact that black men have higher levels of testosterone and are more aggressive and seduce/bed women at much higher rates. Black women are more promiscuous, start sexual activity at an earlier age without marriage, and without knowledge of birth control, etc. It is not uncommon to see black man with 10 children by age 25 or 30, compared with 0-1 child for a white man at the same age. Thus black hyperfertility is about 10 times compared with whites, so their abortion rate must be 10 times as much.

    Therefore, considering black hyperferility to be about 10 times, a 5 times higher rate of abortion actually means the real rate of abortion (adjusted) amongst blacks is 1/2 as much as whites.

    Though I do not generally support foreign aid, I think the US and the world could benefit from supporting free birth control programs in Africa and Asia and Mexico, as the population bomb in those countries can strain resources, lead to increased wars, and lead to Immigration bomb here.

    Whites used to be 50% of the world population in the 19th century, and will be 10% by 2100 and extinct shortly thereafter.

    White Lives Matter too.

  3. jtgw says:

    If the unborn really have a RIGHT to life, why shouldn’t the federal government not have the authority to outlaw it? Should it really be left up to the states and allow some states to deny the unborn the right to life? I completely agree with your interpretation of the constitution, but once you start talking about rights you inevitably encourage the idea of government intervention to enforce those rights.

  4. The political class, including the oligarchs and the courts, can end federally subsidized abortion. They can end legal abortion entirely. But they can never never end abortion.

  5. Libertarians who support abortion should ask themselves how they can expect a government that does not respect the unborn’s right to life to respect their property rights.

    The right to life does not include the right to live inside another person’s body without her consent. It’s certainly consistent with respect for property rights to allow a woman control of her most precious property–her own body.

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