“I was wondering if you’re pro-choice.” Hogan responded, “I’m pro-choice of (light) bulbs.”

Excerpt from Richard Larsen’s controversial article Nanny state and erosion of liberty

This gradual elimination of personal choice and liberty, as well as our concomitant individual accountability, was partially delineated last week in the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency at the Energy Department, was testifying to the committee when Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky inquired, “I was wondering if you’re pro-choice.” Hogan responded, “I’m pro-choice of (light) bulbs.”

The senator responded, “Well, actually, that’s the point. The point is that most members of your administration probably would be frank and would be up front to characterize themselves as being pro-choice for abortion. But you’re really anti-choice on every other consumer item that you’ve listed here. Including light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets, you name it, you can’t go around your house without being told what to buy. You restrict my choices, you don’t care about my choices.”

Paul continued, “I wish you would come here to extol me…to try to convince me to conserve energy. But you come instead with fines, threats of jail. You put people out of business who want to make products you don’t like. This is what your energy efficiency standards are. I find it really appalling and hypocritical and think there should be some self-examination from the administration on the idea that you favor a woman’s right to an abortion but you don’t favor a woman or a man’s right to choose what kind of light bulb, what kind of dishwasher, what kind of washing machine.” … Paul added, “We should conserve energy – but why not do it in a voluntary way? Why do it where you threaten to fine me or put me in jail if I don’t accept your opinion. In America we believe in trying to convince our neighbors and but not trying to convince them through the force of law. I find this antithetical to the American way.”

Read: Abortion: A Rational Look at An Emotional Issue by R. C. Sproul and Greg Bailey

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Abortion: A Rational Look at An Emotional Issue by R. C. Sproul and Greg Bailey