“FETAL PERSONHOOD” being considered over a woman’s own personal freedom is not a libertarian idea. It’s not even a conservative idea. In fact, when women like myself say Do Not Tread On Me, it may be a civil rights and privacy notion, but it also used to be a conservative one as well.
What is more conservative than telling a senator like Rand Paul or Bob Casey or a politician vying for the presidency, Mitt Romney, that they have no right to impede a woman’s decision about her own body?
That Sen. Rand Paul is suggesting his “fetal personhood” legislation be attached to a flood insurance bill as we reach hurricane season proves the unserious nature of Mr. Paul and his acolytes.
The bill, which would financially boost the National Flood Insurance Program on the cusp of hurricane season, had been expected to pass easily in the Senate. But since Paul on Monday offered an unrelated “fetal personhood” amendment, which would give legal protections to fetuses from the moment of fertilization, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is threatening to halt progress on the legislation.
“I’m told last night that one of our Republican senators wants to offer an amendment — listen to this one — wants to offer an amendment on when life begins,” Reid said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “I am not going to put up with that on flood insurance. I can be condemned by outside sources; my friends can say, ‘Let them have a vote on it.’ There will not be a vote on that on flood insurance. We’ll either do flood insurance with the amendments that deal with flood insurance, or we won’t do it. We’ll have an extension.”
The only true Libertarian in the presidential race is Gary Johnson, who believes a woman’s freedom cannot be impeded by the feds or the state.
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