Abortion and Liberty

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Congressman Ron PaulThe Foundation for Rational Economics and EducationPost Office Box 1776Lake Jackson, Texas 775663Copyright © 1983 by The Foundation for Rational Economics and Education, Inc.

Library of Congress Cataloguing in Publication DataPaul, Ron 1935-Abortion and Liberty(F.R.E.E. Essay; No. 3)Bibliography: p. 431. Abortion-United States-Moral and ethical aspects. 2. Abortion-Government policy-United States. 3. Civil rights-United States. 4. Mother and child-United States. I Title. II Series.

HQ767.5.U5P39 1983 363.4'6'0973 83-11655ISBN 0-912453-02-8Cover photograph: Richard RentzExcerpts from Aborting America by Bernard N. Nathanson. Copyright © 1979 by Bernard N. Nathanson and Richard Ostling. Reprinted by permission of Doubleday & Co., Inc.

Excerpts from Whatever Happened to the Human Race? by Francis A. Schaeffer and C. Everett Koop, M.D. Reprinted by permission of Schaeffer V. Productions, Inc.

4ForewordOne might wonder why another book on abortion. Is there anything to say except the tricky alliteration of a new slogan? Has someone found a new message? Is there a person out there with credentials no one else seems to have?The answer to that last question is: "Yes."

Ron Paul is not only a physician, but he was trained in the discipline of obstetrics and gynecology and therefore is a the front lines in the battle against abortion. This physician was then elected to Congress four times and looks back on abortion as a problem he saw in biomedical ethics as a student, then as a resident and finally as a practitioner of obstetrics.

The fresh insights that Ron Paul, the physician, brings to the question of abortion stem from the experience he developed as a Member of Congress, as he contemplated the relationship between natural rights and a free society.

It is true that some of the old arguments about rights, viability, mother versus child, child abuse, health of the mother, and...