Ron Paul’s Pro-Life Speech in Ames, Iowa


Ron Paul: Thank you very much, thank you very much, it’s great to be here, looks like a very exciting day, and we’re delighted with the way things are going. The one thing about our campaign it’s been identified with one particular word and I’m very proud of it, we are identified with the cause of liberty. I’m convinced that liberty and an understanding of that and the constitution can bring us peace and prosperity. But today I’m going to emphasize something slightly different from just the cause of liberty because there is something that precedes liberty and that is life. I believe in a very limited role for government but the prime reason that government exists in a free society is to protect liberty but also to protect life and I mean all life.

Now I want to tell a very short story because time is short about how I came to be very strong right to life. When I was in medical school in the 1950s it was a non issue, it was assumed everybody was prolife and abortions weren’t to be done, in the 1960s as I was a medical resident studying at OB/GYN, the doctors in the medical centers were defying the law in doing abortions. This shook me up, one day I walked in to an operating room and they did a hysterectomy which is a caesarian section, lifted out a baby that was crying and breathing, they put in a bucket in the corner of the room and let it die and pretended nobody heard it. That was rather disturbing, but as I walked out of that room, because I was a student, an observer, I walked out of the room and walked down the corridor and a baby about the same size was born prematurely, and all of a sudden, 20 people, nurses and doctors all rushing around to save the baby’s life, which seemed very logical.

But my conclusion that very day is you cannot have relative value for life and deal with that, we cannot play God and make those decisions, all life is precious. If we are to defend liberty and allow people to spend the money as they want, go to the church that they want and run their lives as they please, you have to understand where that liberty and that life comes from, it does not come from the government, it comes from our creator. But there’s a lot of ways you can defend liberty, in many ways, in a personal way and an intellectual way, in a religious manner. But also as determined as I am to promote the cause of profile and making sure that governments don’t slip to defeating life and taking life. One of the most atrocious position this country could have and that is where government will come along and with force, the Armed Force or IRS and take money from people who strongly believe in prolife and commit abortions with that, that should be reversed.

Being prolife can be extended and pro-liberty even into all ages, yes it is good to be prolife and we must be prolife or you cannot be pro-liberty the way I understand it. But I also think it’s being strongly prolife if we work very hard to have a policy when those young people, those babies that are born, when they come of age, that their lives are just as precious and they are never required to fight in undeclared, unwinnable wars. I find it very difficult to protect liberty if you don’t truly understand what the Patriot Act is all about. I understand I was in Washington with a great concern on the day after or the day of 9/11, but the Patriot Act is an attack on our liberties and the Fourth Amendment, it does not solve the problems that we face, we cannot protect liberty by taking liberty away from the American people.

If you want to think about the issue that comes about, if you get careless with protection of liberty, the Patriot Act along with the TSA just think of what is happening at our Airports. If we tolerate that type of interference with our liberties, I believe that we have to be pessimistic about the outcome of what we’re doing. But you cannot repeal the Fourth Amendment in order to say “Yes we can give up a little bit of our freedoms to be safe.” You never have to give up liberties to be safe. Foreign policy has been a big issue in our campaign because the country is tired of the war and we’re all so broke. The wars have been going on for 10 years, they’re undeclared, they’re fought under international banners NATO and United Nations and we don’t see an end to it, but it’s also costing us a lot of money, we’re into wars that are costing us trillions of dollars. Those trillions of dollars should have been left in the economy to build jobs and produce prosperity here at home.

One other symbolism of a failed foreign policy is what we did in Iraq, we went into Iraq, we were supposed to go into Iraq to get the Al Qaeda, there was no Al Qaeda. We went in there to get weapons of mass destruction, there were no weapons of mass destruction. Today one half of the Christians have been run out of Iraq, we have not done a good job and the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people now are closer to the Iranians than they have ever been. But symbolically I want to tell you what was done in Iraq, we built an embassy there, the embassy is big as the Vatican and just recently the DOD budget authorized the employment of 17,000 people to work in this embassy. That is not the way to achieve prosperity in this country.

But there is a lot that we must do to promote growth in this country, but you have to know why we have problems in this country, why do we have boom periods and bust periods? It is related to something very important if you want to understand economics and you want prosperity, you have to understand the monetary policy, you have to understand the mischief of the Federal Reserve System and we have to change it. In order to attract investments and attract capital into a country, you cannot have the weak currency. We inflate endlessly, which means we print too much money to pay for the debt that weakens the currency and it chases capital overseas, it goes to the stronger countries, now guess what? We’re the greatest debtor in the history of the world and guess what, we owe $1.4 trillion to China then we wonder why we have a problem. You have to have a strong currency, there’s nothing wrong with us reinstituting the constitution because it’s still on the books that only Gold and Silver can be legal tender.

Also you have to have the proper environment for companies to bring their money back home, you can’t have a company make money make money or park money overseas and then double tax them when they come back and charge them 35% again, that’s chasing capital away, that has to be changed and it would be a good idea for us to give serious consideration to get rid of all this income tax and corporate taxation. And of course with a strong currency and with a change of the tax system you also have to deal with the regulatory system. We have to shrink the size of the Federal Register, not constantly expanding the size of the Federal Register, we need to want less regulations not more regulation.

It is said that those of us who promote the free market system that we don’t care about regulating those ruthless big corporations, but just think of how the marketplace and sound economic policy and the constitution would regulate those companies and banks that are ripping us off, that’s the regulation that we have to have and we don’t need to be bailing out the big banks and the big corporation, dumping the debt on the American people causing the unemployment and causing the little guy to lose his house. The problems are very large, they’re very difficult, the solution is not complicated if you understand how we got into this mess. Basically we got into this mess because we have lost respect for our law of the land, the constitution and we have lost our enthusiasm for freedom that we ourselves can take better care of ourselves and to take care of money and our lives and our children’s education the works is done much better without the Federal Government down on our backs and in our wallets, it’s time we restored freedom to America.

And we have that opportunity, people are starting to recognize, people are accepting the argument that the economy is now in shambles, that there was a housing bubble and there’s been a collapse of the housing bubble. The American people now by a large majority are saying “We’ve been overseas too long, we don’t need an American empire, we need to defend our borders and forget about the borders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s time to bring the troops home, there is no argument that is viable to say that we have to keep troops in South Korea, they’re been there since I was in high school, they’ve been in Japan since World War II, they’ve been in Germany since World War II, we’re flat out broke and we bring them home and let all the military people who come home to help protect our borders and let them spend the money here at home, we need a boost in the economy.

If we got in to this trouble by a lack of loyalty to our rule of law and our constitution, it is not all that difficult, all we have to do is restore the belief and freedom, restore the belief and what made America great, restore our conviction that the constitution works, it would take a while, but it might only take a year, we’re into the fourth year now of this recession, yes we got in this trouble by not having respect for the constitution, we can get out of this trouble by respecting the rule of law and sending only people to Washington who know and understand and will obey the constitution. Thank you very much.


  • Steven Hanson

    Our actions or inactions determine who and what we are. Dr Paul’s witnessing the death of an aborted baby affected him profoundly, obviously. He realized that he could have done nothing for that baby and that such things were happening all over. Had he attempted to stop it then, he would have failed and the insanity would simply go on and his career would have probably ended right then. Now he is acting to stop it at a higher level and that will have a much greater effect long term. Guilt, after all, is a great motivator.
    Many young ladies are becoming pregnant today because they believe that the government will help them and their baby. They treat it almost like a job, getting pregnant, and know that the state will force the ‘father’ to pay child support. Not only that, but the girl gets college tuition and financial aid because she has a baby out of wedlock.
    Young men think with their penis and so you might think that the joke is on them, but really, it’s on all of us. We all get stuck with the bill. But the military-industrial complex gets soldiers, perfect soldiers, from a perfect gene-pool in return. Unintended consequences, perhaps – but perhaps not.

  • ajgsxr

    Go away trolls

  • MrLittlelawyer

    -moslims the guy who did it later came back to the site to find the people praying in the ashes he later became a Christian. As to your second question all I have to say is God made us and honestly that is the weirdest question I have ever heard.

  • MrLittlelawyer

    Bible tells us that mans chief end is glorify God and enjoy him forever. When someone dies then their life has served its purpose. When bad things happen then they happen and God has planned it so who are we to say against the deity and Creator who could have just killed us all from the start. This question is like saying”why do people die” as a consequence of Adams sin that is why. God also tells us to be wise and use common sense. I have heard one story where after a church had been burned by-

  • HippieGuitarBoy

    This guy’s full of shit.

    • Sandi

      Really? That’s all you have to say? Speak up and defend your claim. Let Ron Paul supporters know why he’s “full of shit”.

  • we5leyz

    What about rape victims?

  • morecowbell2413

    Those who would give up a little liberty, to gain a security would deserve neither and lose both. – Ben Franklin

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  • justopit

    God willing, I’m going to get a Ron Paul yard sign.

  • justopit

    God willing, I’m going to get a Ron Paul yard sign.

  • TomValedro

    So let me get this straight.

    1. Ron Paul witnessed a cruel murder of an infant.

    2. He did nothing about it.

    3. And you will vote for this moron?

    • Sandi

      The baby was aborted legally, therefore, it would have been stupid of him to try and stop it, because that would have resulted in him breaking the law. So, no he is not a moron.

  • Here is one point of contention that I have wit the good Doctor.
    I don’t believe the Government (State or Federal) has any right telling a woman what she should or should not do with her body. I DON”T LIKE ABORTION BUT…The only part of abortion that I am against is government funded abortion.

    • John Buell

      W. Kimball Englehart,

      I at one time struggled with this concept as well. I have come to realize that pregnancy is a consequence of Sex. We have the freedom to choose to have sex, and if we get caught we have to deal with the consequences’. Once a human life is conceived it has the right to Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is important to remember what a right is. You can always check to see if it qualifies as a right by testing this concept. Does this action or activity conflict with someone else’s right to life, liberty or pursuit of happiness? The answer in this case is simple; of course aborting a fetus is robbing it of its life, so therefore simple reason and logic will lead you to the conclusion that expectant mothers do not have the right to an abortion.
      In 2000, cases of rape or incest accounted for 1% of abortions.[26] Another study, in 1998, revealed that in 1987-1988 women reported the following as their primary reasons for choosing an abortion:[27]
      • 25.5% Want to postpone childbearing
      • 21.3% Cannot afford a baby
      • 14.1% Has relationship problem or partner does not want pregnancy
      • 12.2% Too young; parent(s) or other(s) object to pregnancy
      • 10.8% Having a child will disrupt education or job
      • 7.9% Want no (more) children
      • 3.3% Risk to fetal health
      • 2.8% Risk to maternal health
      • 2.1% Other
      26 ^ Guttmacher Institute,”Induced Abortion Facts in Brief” (2002) (13,000 out of 1.31 million abortions in 2000 were on account of rape or incest). Retrieved via InfoPlease 2007-01-07.
      27 ^ Bankole et al., “Reasons Why Women Have Induced Abortions: Evidence from 27 Countries”, International Family Planning Perspectives (1998). Also see Lawrence B. Finer, Lori F. Frohwirth, Lindsay A. Dauphinee, Susheela Singh, and Ann M. Moore, “Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives”, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 37(3):110-118 (September 2005).

  • myst3rix

    What an absolute crock of shit. Pro-lifers are fucking retarded. And this guy calls himself a doctor rofl.

    • Sandi

      What about it is an absolute crock of shit? A cause (in this case the pro-choice cause) will not last long if all it’s supporters can do is sling hate speech towards the people they disagree with.

  • ChickenCritters

    Selena Gomez is famous. Now what does that have to do with this? We’ll her mother was pregnant with her when she was 16. I wouldn’t doubt it if they had abortion in mind. But of course they wont share that with the public. And look how successful she is!

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  • TheRealCadaver

    there is*

  • Padrag12

    further more, If you want to put a hand grinder to a fetus do it yourself and leave me and my dough out of it.

  • MrLittlelawyer

    But what of AIDS funny that such a disease should exist and we find out about it now when the Bible says homosexuality causes disease a long time ago.

  • DameHollywood

    Ron Paul 2012 !!!!!!! .