This Ronald Reagan story is eerily close to Paul LePage’s real life ‘abortion’ experience (Video)


AUGUSTA, ME, September 15, 2014 ( – Can you bear one more Reagan pro-life story? Maine Governor Paul LePage told a haunting personal story last week about how his father physically abused his pregnant mother until she lost their child. That story sounds eerily close to a story Ronald Reagan told 30 years ago.

Discussing his inveterate opposition to domestic violence, Governor LePage recalled being 10 years old and seeing “my dad kicking my mother [who was] seven months pregnant. A week later, it’s a stillborn. “The governor told WJJB-FM, “I blame my dad. End of story. End of story.”

LePage is also an outspoken pro-life Republican – a rare species in Maine – and that is probably no less a consequence of this event. His painful, courageous announcement reminds me of a story Ronald Reagan told.

Running for re-election, Reagan had his first debate with Walter Mondale on October 7, 1984, in Louisville, Kentucky. [1] When Diane Sawyer asked about abortion, Reagan said:

There is a strange dichotomy in this whole position about our courts ruling that abortion is not the taking of a human life. In California, sometime ago, a man beat a woman so savagely that her unborn child was born dead with a fractured skull, and the California state legislature unanimously passed a law that was signed by the then-Democratic governor…that said that any man who so abuses a pregnant woman that he causes the death of her unborn child shall be charged with murder. Now, isn't it strange that that same woman could have taken the life of her unborn child, and it was abortion and not murder, but if somebody else does it, that's murder?

You can see the exchange beginning at 47:56 in the video below. I wonder if a young Paul LePage heard this debate and, like so many other Americans, felt that President Reagan “got” his life and understood his situation.

President Reagan's old fashioned wisdom put him ahead of the times. Decades before they became national debate issues, Ronald Reagan spoke about fetal pain and “personhood,” and also of laws recognizing that unborn victims of crime are indeed victims. The federal government would not enact the dichotomy he spoke of until the presidency of President George W. Bush, when Congress passed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. When the Illinois legislature considered an identical law, then-state Senator Barack H. Obama voted against it. To this day, Planned Parenthood lobbyists believe that whether to save a baby born alive should depend on the judgement of the mother and the goodwill of an abortionist. Try re-reading those last four words a few times to understand how ridiculous that phrase is.

President Reagan understood this legal contradiction at its moral core. Evidently, Paul LePage does, too. May their tribe increase.


1. By all accounts, including his own, Reagan did not perform well in the debate. His advisers had overprepped him, stuffing him full of facts and talking points, and Reagan was not himself. The press hinted that the aging president showed signs of creeping senility. In the second debate, he opened with the whimsical joke about his age. Mondale said after that joke, he knew he had lost the election.