Rand Paul: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrats Have Some Explaining To Do On Abortion


WOLF BLITZER: Let's move on to another sensitive issue. Something you raised today. You were questioned about your stance on abortion rights for women and you said something along the lines of, ask Debbie Wassermann-Schultz, she's the chair of the DNC, Democratic National Committee. You said ask Debbie Wassermann-Schultz if it's okay to kill a seven pound baby in the uterus.

She did respond to what you said. She put out a statement saying: “Here's an answer. I support letting women and their doctors make this decision without government getting involved, period, end of story. And I would appreciate it if you could respond without shushing me."

That was Debbie Wassermann-Schultz. Go ahead and respond to her.

RAND PAUL: Well, it sounds like her answer is yes, that she's okay with killing a seven pound baby. But the interesting thing is I understand our country's polarized on the issue. Not everybody agrees on the issue. But even most of my friends who are pro-choice will tell me they're not okay with seven and eight and nine pound abortions.

They aren’t okay with really end stage when the baby's fully developed. There's a bit of doubt and discussion earlier in pregnancy but Debbie's position which I guess is the Democrat Party position, that an abortion all the way up until the day of birth would be fine, I think really most pro-choice people would be a little uncomfortable with that. I don't know.

I really think that she's got some explaining to do and if that's the position of the party, a lot of pro-choice people will be uncomfortable with that position.

WOLF BLITZER: I want you to explain your position, because traditionally, libertarians believe the government shouldn't be involved in making these kind of personal decisions for individuals. When should a woman have a right to have an abortion?

RAND PAUL: The thing is, is that there is a role for government in our lives and the role is basically to prevent violence. So when a baby is born, I'm a physician and so I examine babies in the neonatal nursery often. Two pounds, they can fit in the sometimes, the babies in the palm of my hand. Everybody agrees that that baby that I examine has rights, that no one can injure that baby and the government has a role to come, even into the household if a mother or dad or relative is somehow injuring a baby, that the baby has rights.

So somehow we have to decide when does a baby get rights. So a one pound baby has rights but a seven pound baby in the uterus still getting ready to be born or a nine pound baby would have no rights. It seems like an abrupt sort of diminution of rights that all of a sudden you have rights and then a couple minutes before you didn't have rights. These are very, very difficult discussions and then that's a question of when does life begin, and I don't think we all agree on that. I personally believe that life is special, that human life is special and that there is a sanctity and that we are more than just, you know, clay and dirt.

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