Abortion

  • Abortion

“Libertarianism holds no official position on the issue of abortion. A Libertarian applies principles to formulate a personal opinion on any number of issues. On the issue of abortion the majority of Libertarians would be against abortion based on the application of the non-aggression principle.  Then there may be Libertarians who side with choice based on private property rights, in other words, your body is your most sacred private property and trespassers maybe removed. The one caveat is that Libertarians also recognize there can be extraordinary situations that need to be evaluated on a case by case basis by the individuals involved and that a one size fits all solution is no solution at all.

Libertarians do agree that society should be organic and not engineered by central planners that are far removed from the families and communities that their interventions interfere with. Libertarians believe that the use of force by government to enforce a pro choice position or pro life position is not acceptable. That a culture should grow through dialogue and persuasion, community mores, and family values. This can be achieved by removing government incentives that has made the family unit financially and socially irrelevant to raising children in an economical sense. A strong family base with principled behaviors, modeled by the adults, is the natural way to raise children. These children then can mature into principled adults, who then value human life. In the end a society is best off living organically and not driving any behaviors underground with coercive laws. It is best to minimize certain human actions. However, trying to eliminate certain human actions only achieves negative and unintended consequences in the long run.”

http://lporegon.org/index.php/issues/abortion

I am not the author of the above excerpt, though I like it a lot.

I believe life begins at conception. The Non-Agression Principle usually trumps Self-Ownership in these cases because we are obliged to share the most basic, and only the most basic, items of sustenance with those closest to us.

The hierarchy of government has nothing to do with the reality of right and wrong.  The intervention in support of others’ Right to life can only happen at the most personal level.  In other words I do not trust the government to make valid life and death decisions.

5 thoughts on “Abortion

  1. Beverly Smart

    Sounds to me like you’re skirting the issue…a yes or no answer would help my decision-making process much easier.

  2. jenrett

    It sounds like he is against abortion but doesn’t believe that the government should make abortion illegal.

  3. Shawn

    I think I understand where you are coming from with government intervention of funding for planned parenthood. I personally am intrigued with stem cell research and the potentially great medical benefits it can bring to people and children with, for example, deficient motor skills. However, the national government probably shouldn’t be directly involved with planned parenthood for the sake of maintaining (as best as possible) economic neutrality (e.g. why should planned parenthood gain government aid when March of Dimes isn’t receiving any aid?).

    There’s just one thing I would like to know. Would you be willing to accept planned parenthood to be a strictly not-for-profit/charitable organization? That’s, of course, assuming if they can receive enough donations.

  4. KoryP

    I am pleased that you recognize the biological fact that life begins at conception. I also agree that the government, as it stands, is incapable of making valid life and death decisions. That is precisely why we need public servants who understand the fundamental rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness–chief among them, the right to life. If the government can’t get that one correct, what hope is there for liberty and pursuit of happiness? Women deserve better than feeling like they have no choice but abortion. Preserving a “right” to abortion does not address the root of the problem and only allows the true problems to persist.

Please let me know what you think.

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