Rand Paul Readies Himself for 2016 With ‘Life at Conception Act’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is working tirelessly to position himself as a 2016 presidential candidate. His theatrical attempt at a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington moment made him the darling of conservatives (as well as some misguided progressives), and his self-proclaimed libertarianism got him a first-place showing in the straw poll at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Now, Paul is solidifying his outreach to the religious right by proposing a bill focused on one of his pet issues: granting legal rights and protections to fertilized eggs.

As Raw Story reports, Paul has introduced the so-called Life at Conception Act, which would grant “personhood” to fertilized eggs, effectively banning abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, many forms of birth control, and assisted reproductive treatments. Much like his filibuster, the bill itself is all show. There is no chance it will pass both the House and the Senate, and even if it did, it would never be signed into law by the president.

It does, however, help Paul pander to the anti-choice zealots he’ll need on his side to land the 2016 Republican nomination. Among them is the Iowa anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ religious right organization the FAMiLY Leader, which is seen as the gateway to Iowa evangelicals—who, in turn, are instrumental to securing the first presidential “win” at the Iowa Straw Poll. (Though, as Michele Bachmann learned, that win only goes so far.) It also allows him to keep fundraising with the National Pro-Life Alliance, which is interested in forcing wives to obtain their husband’s permission to get an abortion, among other legislative restrictions.

Lots of media stunts, with little to show for it: Could this be a trend for the Rand Paul 2016 campaign?

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  • http://wp.me/Igbc Prattle On, Boyo

    Rand Paul is a Republican mole pretending to be a Libertarian. Anyone who actually knows what the hell the party stands for knows better than to support such a poseur, but unfortunately, some who self-ID as Libertarians are smitten with Rand due to their on-going man-crush on his father, Ron.

    • colleen2

      When it comes to the reproductive rights of women the best that can be said about the ‘official’ Libertarian platform position is that y’all are about as useful as tits on a boar. The Gynecologist from Hell and his poorly raised son most certainly ARE Libertarian, the official platform welcomes all views as matters of individual conscience and in doing so they invite men like the Pauls.
      So, when Libertarians elevate men like this into leadership positions what they are doing is saying that the basic rights of women are, AT BEST, secondary to almost everything elseand, at worst, something they are actively hostile towards.When it comes to the basic rights of women, the Libertarian position is, at best, useless. Always has been.

      • HeilMary1

        I’m dying to know if any of Papa Paul’s patients and their families sued him for resulting childbirth injuries and deaths. And I’ve never heard his non-Catholic stance on contraception and sterilization. Knowing those details would be helpful in further figuring him and his crazy son out.

      • http://wp.me/Igbc Prattle On, Boyo

        “Tits on a boar,” however charming, is just your opinion that echoes strongly in favor of the blue side of the Wall Street duopoly. Educate yourself and read up on the LP before you spout off what you think the party is about vs. what it actually represents. I smell Obama shit on your shoes. Check the treads.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1516755449 Ken LaKind

    If life starts at conception. justify this with the insurance industry. I would want my sperm and egg insured, for life and health insurance. I will take out a life insurance policy, in case of death, I would file a claim and receive thousands of $$$$. Next issue Rand, how much is this going to cost. You will need trained medical people to verify whether the women is pregnant or not. What if she has a miscarriage? Will there be law suits? This is going to be very costly. Truly, this is all about religion, yours NOT mine. This is a waste of tax payers money……

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9433650 Sarah ES

    I’m sorry. Have these people forgotten what happened in November?