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Presenting the pro-life case to libertarians, and the libertarian case to pro-lifers

A Libertarian Atheist Answers “Pro-Choice Catholics”

Many who say they are personally opposed to abortion nonetheless support keeping abortion legal. Such a stance is often taken in the Catholic community, particularly by Catholics in politics. An example is Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. Calling herself “pro-choice,” she said that as a Catholic she believes “what Catholics believe on abortion,” and asked, “[I]s […]

Is It Just to Impose the Death Penalty?

Originally published as a Letter to the Editor in The Washington Times, April 28, 1992 I believe I can resolve the debate on whether punishments like imprisonment and the death penalty violate the unalienable rights to life and liberty (Letters, Shannon Johnson, April 11, and Richard E. Shipman, March 21). Actually, there is only one unalienable […]

Tax Funding for Slavery? …Then Why for Abortion?

[“The following editorial appeared in the Feb. 9 issue of the Detroit News. We found the reasoning so sound, its analysis so piercing we requested permission to reprint it.” — National Right to Life News, March 11, 1982.] Medicaid Abortions The Michigan Legislature is facing Governor Milliken’s 11th veto of a measure to restrict public […]

An Open Letter to Murray Rothbard on Andre Marrou, the Libertarian Party, and that “vexing” hole in the libertarian system — Children

Libertarians for Life 13424 Hathaway Drive Wheaton, MD 20906 Dr. Murray Rothbard, Editor Rothbard-Rockwell Report Center for Libertarian Studies P.O. Box 4091 Burlingame, CA 94011 Dear Murray: In reading some items in the Rothbard-Rockwell Report, I was reminded of differences you and I have had on what you once called “the difficult and vexing problem […]

When in Doubt…

Sooner or later in the debate over abortion, the question of “the person” must Did you catch Phil Donahue’s program about abortion? (CSNBC, January 8, 2003) A young woman in the audience asked Planned Parenthood’s president, Gloria Feldt, “Is it true that the fetus becomes a human being at the moment of conception?” After a […]

On the Abortion Issue, Technology Works Both Ways

This article appeared in the March 10, 1985 issue of the Washington Post.] In her article, “Because of Technology, Abortion Is Here to Stay” [Second Opinion, Feb. 27], Beryl Leiff Benderly argues that advances in technology would make ineffective any attempts to ban abortions. However, as she failed to note, there are also technological advances […]

On Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research

Comments on “Draft National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Research Involving Human Pluripotent Stem Cells (December 1999)” — A written statement of Libertarians for Life, submitted on behalf of LFL by Doris Gordon, National Coordinator, to the NIH panel on Stem Cell Guidelines, February 2000 First, I wish to put myself and Libertarians for Life […]

On Human Embryo Research

Testimony presented orally by Doris Gordon to the third meeting of the National Institutes of Health Human Embryo Research Panel, April 11, 1994 My name is Doris Gordon. I have been a libertarian since 1959. Originally, I supported abortion choice. Now, I am the national coordinator of Libertarians for Life, which I founded. Libertarians for […]

Abortion and Thomson’s Violinist: Unplugging a Bad Analogy

Comments on why the prenatal child has the right under individual liberty to be in the mother’s womb One of the most influential articles on abortion is Judith Jarvis Thomson’s “A Defense of Abortion,” written in 1971. Thomson asks the reader “to imagine” that you “wake up in the morning and find yourself back to […]