Campaigning for Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli on Monday, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky warned that abortion could be used to create a new U.S. eugenics policy.
The recent remarks continue a theme in Paul’s pro-life speeches, which often argue the Roe v. Wade decision paves the way to eliminate certain populations.
During a visit to the Christian school founded by Jerry Falwell, Paul looked to energize conservative supporters by warning that people who are short, overweight or less intelligent could be eliminated through abortion.
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“In your lifetime, much of your potential — or lack thereof — can be known simply by swabbing the inside of your cheek,” Paul said to a packed sporting arena on Liberty’s campus. “Are we prepared to select out the imperfect among us?”
As The Associated Press notes, some states sterilized patients in the early 20th Century, but that practice was abandoned by the 1970s.
This isn’t the first time Paul has spoken about the possibility of human selection and breeding in regards to a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy.
Speaking at a Right to Life event in Owensboro, Ky. earlier this month, Paul compared abortion to the sci-fi film “Gattaca” and spoke about a possible “one-child” law in the U.S.
“Imagine that kind of world, like a China with a one-child rule controlled by the state … a world where man has the ability to perfect DNA,” Paul said. “Will we get to that point where we eliminate people?”
Paul is an adamant pro-life proponent despite his libertarian leanings. He supports the Human Life Amendment and co-sponsored the Life at Conception Act, which would establish that life begins at conceptions as a scientific statement.