Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a top Republican presidential prospect in 2016, declined to be specific about whether his anti-abortion position accommodates exceptions in instances of rape and incest, saying during an interview on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” Tuesday that he doesn’t belong in any “category” on the issue.
Paul, who recently introduced legislation called the “Life at Conception Act,” stressed that the bill was more to generate conversation than to change any laws. “I don’t think we’re in any real rush towards any new legislation, to tell you the truth,” Paul said.
“What I would say is that there are thousands of exceptions,” Paul said when queried about exceptions for rape and incest. “I’m a physician and every individual case is going to be different… And there are a lot of decisions that are made privately by families and their doctors that really won’t — the law won’t apply to, but I think it’s important that we not be flippant one way or the other and pigeon hole and say, oh, this person doesn’t believe in any sort of discussion between family. And so, I don’t know if there’s a simple way to put me in a category on any of that.”
“Well, it sounds like you believe in some exceptions,” Wolf Blitzer said.
“Well, there’s going to be, like I say, thousands of extraneous situations where the life of the mother is involved and other things that are involved,” Paul said.