One of the current front-runners for the GOP presidential nomination, Ron Paul, released an ad this week touting his anti-abortion rights credentials as a former obstetrician.

Paul has set himself apart from his Republican counterparts for years because of his fairly consistent record against government overreach. Paul, a libertarian, has publicly supported decriminalization of marijuana and has opposing waging wars, among other stances unpopular in the Republican party. Paul is now a real contender for the GOP nomination.

Despite his atypical views on a whole host of issues — which have made him popular among people who typically do not side with the GOP — Paul does mirror his opponents when it comes to the issue of reproductive rights.

This week, his campaign released an ad that highlights his anti-abortion credentials. The ad announces that he has delivered more than 4,000 babies and is “a man of faith that is committed to protecting life.” The ad also features women who claim he is committed to protecting the “unborn.”

His campaign website says about the issue of abortion that:

As a physician, Ron Paul consistently put his beliefs into practice and saved lives by helping women seek options other than abortion, including adoption.  And as President, Ron Paul will continue to fight for the same pro-life solutions he has upheld in Congress, including:

  • Immediately saving lives by effectively repealing Roe v. Wade and preventing activist judges from interfering with state decisions on life by removing abortion from federal court jurisdiction through legislation modeled after his “We the People Act.”
  • Defining life as beginning at conception by passing a “Sanctity of Life Act.”

Because he agrees with Thomas Jefferson that it is “sinful and tyrannical” to “compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors,” Ron Paul will also protect the American people’s freedom of conscience by working to prohibit taxpayer funds from being used for abortions, Planned Parenthood, or any other so-called “family planning” program.

Paul has said before that he believes abortion is “the most important issue of our age.”

You can watch Paul’s new ad here:


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