(WASHINGTON POST) — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Monday warned that the combination of abortion and scientific advances could one day lead to the practice of eugenics — i.e. trying to improve the human race through selection of desirable traits.

The remarks came during an appearance with Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in Lynchburg, Va.

From AP: During a visit to the Christian school founded by Jerry Falwell, Paul looked to energize conservative supporters by warning that people who are short, overweight or less intelligent could be eliminated through abortion. With one week remaining, Cuccinelli is hoping the joint appearance with the U.S. senator from Kentucky will encourage the far-right flank of his party to abandon third-party libertarian spoiler Robert Sarvis.

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