Speaking at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles forum at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington on June 12, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky., shown) said he believes there will be a time when everyone is judged on whether they took a stand in defense of human life.
“One thing worth fighting for is life,” said Paul. “I don’t think a civilization can long endure that does not have respect for all human life, born and not yet born.”
“We have a great many problems in this country to solve. But I believe there will come a time when we are all judged on whether or not we took a stand in defense of all life from the moment of conception until our last natural breath.”
During his speech, Paul made a distinction between using federal powers arbitrarily and using them to protect the rights of citizens:
Though I believe in limited powers for the federal government, I believe, as our founders did, that primary among these powers and duties is the protection of life — that government cannot protect liberty if it does not first protect life.
We must embrace the values of life, liberty and prosperity that will lead this country back to greatness. And we should do so proudly as Christians.
Though the forum was organizing primarily to focus on immigration issues, Paul used his speech to touch on family matters and to explain the Christian principles that guide his political life:
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Photo of Rand Paul speaking at National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference June 12: AP Images