More Paul Pro-life Problems
By Rebekah Maxwell
Silence can be deafening. This week, Personhood USA’s presidential pledge drew several GOP signatures, but not the approval of the only physician in the race, Ron Paul.
At the time of this article’s publication, Paul’s legendary campaign team had yet to even craft a response clarifying Paul’s position and why he had not yet signed the pledge, which defines life at conception, without exception.
It’s deafening silence from the professed pro-lifer’s camp, especially since Paul signed the Susan B. Anthony anti-abortion pledge in June…for that matter, why would a candidate sign a pledge to support drinking raw milk, and yet not sign one to uphold the unalienable right to life?
But Paul’s newest campaign literature is stirring up even more questions for the Texas congressman.
The Ron Paul Family Cookbook, distributed to thousands of Iowans at Paul’s campaign stops, includes a few dozen recipes, some Bible verses and lots of family photos. But one picture stands out. It’s a picture memorializing Paul’s friendship with the Feldkamp family.
The Feldkamps are linked with one of the largest private chains of abortion clinics in the country.
In the book, Maggie Feldkamp Cotton’s recipe remembers her sisters, Vanessa Pullen (“an avid Ron Paul supporter”) and Amy Jacobson who, along with 12 other people, tragically died in a plane crash in 2009.
At the time, grief over the accident was marred by the report that their father, Irving Feldkamp III, owned Family Planning Associates, a chain of 17 abortion clinics, most operating in California.
According to Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, the Feldkamps have owned the clinics since 2005, when they bought them from their founder, Edward Allred (who is said to have lauded personally aborting at least 500,000 babies).
Fifteen of those clinics are still in operation today, with Feldkamp’s son, Dr. Irving Feldkamp IV as the “Agent for Service of Process” for Family Planning Associates.
Christian Newswire reports those clinics “perform more abortions in the state than any other abortion provider -Planned Parenthood included – and they perform abortions through the first 5 months of pregnancy.”
California state law provides taxpayer-funded abortions for low-income women with little to no restriction. That means clinics like FPA can charge between $450-$2100 per abortion straight to the citizens of California.
Irving Feldkamp III has personally supported Ron Paul’s run for the White House. This year, Feldkamp donated $1,500 to Ron Paul’s Presidential Campaign, and $5,500 to Paul’s Liberty PAC.
With mere days remaining until the Iowa Caucuses, the Paul campaign has little time to clear away these questions about their candidate’s stance on life. But they have the momentum, organization, and now the means, through the Personhood Pledge, to at least address pro-lifers’ doubts. What Paul cannot do is remain silent.