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The Libertarian Case against Abortion

May 20, 2007

While I do not wholly sympathize with the conservative liberterian cause, Soutenous has written a sobering and enlightening post entitled Abortion–Show me the Money! I think she is on to something when she suggests that the first step to fighting abortion in America is not to address the law itself, which would be like conducting a judicial-watch, but to address the moves of the legislative and executive bodies to fund abortion, whether that be state or federal funding. Soutenous believes that fighting against government funding for abortion is necessary before we can legitimately hope to put an end to legal abortion itself. Not that these two issues are altogether separate (i.e. funding abortion and legalizing abortion), but they can be remedied in sequential order.

Here’s a snippet of Soutenous’ thoughtful post:

Just a quick FYI:

  • I wonder if people realize that a federal law protects unborn Bald Eagles? How is that for an incongruous “right to life”? http://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/protect/laws.html
    Our tax money is spent to save the lives of eagles but not human beings.

My perspective:

  • I come from a fairly strong Libertarian perspective (Obviously Libertarian For Life). I believe that individual well-being, prosperity, and social harmony are fostered by as much liberty as possible and as little government as necessary.
  • I agree with Charles Murray when he says, “. . . people should be able to live their lives-as individuals, striving to realize the best they have within them; together, cooperating for the common good without compulsion. It is a vision of how people may endow their lives with meaning-living according to their deepest beliefs and taking responsibility for the consequences of their actions.”

The Libertarian Case Against Abortion

1. Human offspring are human beings, persons from fertilization.

2. Abortion is homicide — the killing of one person by another.

3. There is never a right to kill an innocent person. Prenatally, we are all innocent persons.

4. A prenatal child has the right to be in the mother’s body. Parents have no right to evict their children from the crib or from the womb and let them die. Instead both parents, the father as well as the mother, owe them support and protection from harm.

5. No government, nor any individual, has a just power to legally depersonify any one of us, born or preborn.

6. The proper purpose of the law is to side with the innocent, not against them.

Facts to ponder:

  • Seventeen states fund (through Medicaid) abortions for low-income women on the same or similar terms as other pregnancy-related and general health services.
  • The State of California pays the costs of childbirths and abortions for low income women. A study of 173,279 California women who had a state funded childbirth or abortion in 1989 found that 53 of them committed suicide within eight years of their childbirth or abortion. This came to an 8-year suicide rate of 31 per 100,000 women.
  • In 1984, Republican President Ronald Reagan instituted a policy of not providing U.S. taxpayer money to international organizations that perform or promote abortions. In 1993, Democrat President Bill Clinton overturned this policy. In 2001, Republican President George W. Bush reinstated it.
  • Former Mayor of New York and current candidate for the Republican Party Presidential nomination Rudy Giuliani made donations to abortion-rights advocate Planned Parenthood at least six times during the 1990s. This information was included on Giuliani’s tax returns and became public knowledge as soon as he decided to release those forms as part of the sunshine ethics of running for President.
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