Friday, February 22, 2008

More thoughts on Libertarians and Abortion.

After yesterday's entry, (Libertarians for Life) I realized that I needed to learn more about Libertarianism and the Libertarian Party.
I went to the Party's website and took a look at the Party's platform.
From the section, I.8 Reproductive Rights , it seems the party is pro choice.
"Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on both sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration."

The question, then, is whether or not we recognize the "personhood" of the preborn human.
As I pointed out yesterday, the position of the Libertarians for Life is that the preborn human does have personhood.

"To explain and defend our case, LFL argues that:
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."

Also, from the Libertarian Party platform,
"The tragedies caused by unplanned, unwanted pregnancies are aggravated and sometimes created by government policies of censorship, restriction, regulation and prohibition."
I don't quite understand their point. I don't which "government policies of censorship, restriction, regulation and prohibition." it refers to.
And this,
"Individual rights should not be denied nor abridged on the basis of sex, age, dependency, or location. Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for other people's abortions, nor should any government or individual force a woman to have an abortion. It is the right and obligation of the pregnant woman regardless of age, not the state, to decide the desirability or appropriateness of prenatal testing, Caesarean births, fetal surgery, voluntary surrogacy arrangements and/or home births."
I would say "Individual rights should not be denied nor abridged on the basis of sex, age, dependency, or location" would apply to the preborn as does this from the Party's "Statement of Principles";
"We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose."

Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that, in our democracy, we will ever be able to make abortion illegal. Too many people believe abortion to be a "right".
I suppose the more realistic approach....the more pragmatic....would be to convince more people that abortion is an immoral act. If more people understand this, then there would be fewer abortions regardless of whether or not it's "legal".

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