Here’s the cover of this week’s Time Magazine:
I haven’t read it. Nor can I find a link to it. I’m sure it’s interesting.
But here’s something that’s more interesting: Rand Paul is an “even in cases of rape and incest” Republican (here, here). The Senator who believes the big bad government is out to ruin every single facet of your life also believes that the big bad government has the right to force survivors of rape and incest to give birth against their will.
Even more interesting… in the final days of his 2010 election, Rand Paul took a check from the one of the nation’s leading for-profit abortion providers, Edward C. Allred.
Allred is a gambler and owns race tracks (you’ll see he put that down as his occupation and not “Abortionist”) — but for decades he also ran the biggest for-profit chain of abortion clinics in California.
But he’s not your average abortion provider. What’s even most interesting here is that Rand Paul’s donor, Mr. Allred, is also a noted racist.
Often times when Anti Choice zealots make arguments against a woman’s right to choose what happens to her own body, they dredge up murky claims of racist intent behind the abortion movement as though the entire notion of abortion had been cooked up to kill Black and Hispanic people. This is insane except for one thing… that’s exactly what Mr. Allred has argued in explaining why he thinks abortion’s so great, and Mr. Allred is often the person these Anti Choice zealots point to to prove their case that abortion is really a ploy by liberal white women to kill off other races. Here’s the actual quote from Mr. Allred:
Population control is too important to be stopped by some right-wing pro-life types. Take the new influx of Hispanic immigrants. Their lack of respect for democracy and social order is frightening. I hope I can do something to stem that tide. I’d set up a clinic in Mexico for free if I could. Maybe one in Calexico would help. The survival of our society could be at stake.
….When a sullen black woman of 17 or 18 can decide to have a baby and get welfare and food stamps and become a burden to us all, it’s time to stop. In parts of South Los Angeles having babies for welfare is the only industry these people have.
That’s the racist rant of an abortionist who supports the deeply interesting Rand Paul.
And that’s not all…
While Pro Lifers love to point to Allred as proof of a liberal conspiracy to commit a racial holocaust… Allred is a Republican who has spent decades funneling his for-profit abortion money into the pockets of pro-life Republicans like Rand Paul.
And in fact, often times the presence of this racist abortionist who may actually have spent years targeting black and hispanic communities based on an ideological belief that it would weaken the Black community and stem “illegal immigration” while using that money to fund Pro Life Republican causes (he was a donor, alongside Mitch McConnell and other highly prominent Republicans, to an American Spectator dinner in 1995 honoring Ronald Reagan) has created problems for the politicians who take his donations — and some of these Pro Life Republicans have subsequently returned Allred’s money.
So what’s interesting here is that Rand Paul — who has a long history of racist associations — has taken money from a noted racist who also happens to have spent decades providing abortion services despite the fact that Rand Paul firmly believes that abortion should always be illegal, even in cases of rape and incest.
Rand Paul is trying to court social conservatives in Iowa and South Carolina — and this association isn’t likely to help.
Rand Paul is also, interestingly, trying to court Black voters and convince them he’s truly on their side… and like the rest of his racist associations, this quote from his donor, Mr. Allred, won’t likely help:
“When a sullen black woman of 17 or 18 can decide to have a baby and get welfare and food stamps and become a burden to us all, it’s time to stop. In parts of South Los Angeles having babies for welfare is the only industry these people have.”
Rand Paul is also courting the Hispanic vote… and this quote really won’t help:
“Population control is too important to be stopped by some right-wing pro-life types. Take the new influx of Hispanic immigrants. Their lack of respect for democracy and social order is frightening. I hope I can do something to stem that tide. I’d set up a clinic in Mexico for free if I could. Maybe one in Calexico would help. The survival of our society could be at stake.
And, oh yes, Rand Paul’s racist abortionist donor who wants to abort Black babies to help end welfare and thinks setting up an abortion clinic at the Mexico border is necessary for the “survival of our society” is also a 7th Day Adventist and has a wing of a business school named after him.
That Rand Paul. He’s just so interesting.