GOP presidential contender Ron Paul unveiled a new pro-life ad campaign Friday in which the former OBGYN recounts a time when he witnessed a late-term abortion resulting in a live-birth. Pau,l who personally delivered more than 4,000 babies, is interviewed in the ad stating, “This whole notion of life not being valuable just is something I was never able to accept.”
The ad dubs Paul a “man of faith, committed to protecting life.”
Paul relives his experience:
“I happened to have walked into an operating room where they were doing an abortion on a late pregnancy. They lifted out a small baby that was able to cry and breathe and they put it in a bucket and put it in the corner of the room and pretended it wasn’t there. I walked down the hallway and a baby was born early — slightly bigger than the baby they put in the bucket and they wanted to save this baby. So they might have had 10 doctors in there doing everything conceivable [to save that baby's life].”
“Who are we to decide that we pick and throw one away and pick up and struggle to save the other ones,” Paul continues. “Unless we resolve this and understand that life is precious and we must protect life, we can’t protect liberty.”
What became of either baby, the ad does not reveal. Watch for yourself below:
The ad is already getting strong reviews from conservative activists, with Tina Korbe of Hot Air writing that it “doesn’t feel like a campaign spot. It comes across instead as a public service announcement — and an utterly important one.”
“Paul comes across as so poignantly sincere when he speaks on the subject of life that it’s hard for me to believe this video is just a ploy for votes. Frankly, I wish more campaign ads were like this one — quiet encapsulations of important convictions,” she writes. “Paul told the anecdote about the baby in the bucket at the Ames straw poll and it was powerful then. I’m happy a few thousand dollars and airings in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada mean more people across the country will hear it, too.”
What do you think of Paul’s new ad spot? Do you think his message will be effective in rallying the pro-life GOP base?
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