As president, Ron Paul would veto funding for Planned Parenthood and ‘family planning schemes’

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

GOP presidential contender Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has taken a further step proving his anti-abortion-rights commitment since signing the Susan B. Anthony List’s “2012 Pro-Life Presidential Leadership Pledge.”

This week Paul issued a statement of his budget priorities were he to be put in the White House.

His second point of action — after “vetoing any spending bills that contribute to an unbalanced budget,” would be to “veto any spending bill that contains funding for Planned Parenthood, facilities that perform abortion and all government family planning schemes.”

“Like millions of Americans, I believe that innocent life deserves protection and I am deeply offended by abortion,” Paul said in the statement, without explaining what he means by “government family planning schemes.”

“As a Congressman, I’ve never voted for any budget that includes funding for Planned Parenthood. Instead, I’ve introduced the Taxpayers’ Freedom of Conscience Act to cut off all taxpayer funding of abortions, so-called ‘family planning’ services and international abortionists.”

Paul’s other economic plans include ending “ObamaCare” and repealing “unconstitutional and burdensome” regulations on businesses.

As the Iowa Independent recently reported, Paul is among five GOP presidential hopefuls that signed the SBA pledge, essentially making four promises:

“To nominate to the U.S. federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench;

To select only pro-life appointees for relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health & Human Services;

To advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions;

To advance and sign into law a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.”

Since Paul’s post-pledge pledge, SBA List has dubbed him a “Libertarian for Life.”

Presidential contenders Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson and Herman Cain have not signed the pledge, despite pressure within the Republican Party.

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