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

Abortion and the Question of the Person

Sooner or later in the debate over abortion, the question of “the person” must arise. “Is the fetus, the preborn child, a person?” This is the question on which all other questions on abortion depend. The question of the person Whatever else, a person is more than a bundle of cells and protoplasm that the […]

Abortion and Rights: Applying Libertarian Principles Correctly

About This Article In arguing that abortion should not be legal, pro-lifers generally focus on proving that a human being’s life begins at conception. This argument often fails to persuade, because it does not confront the right of the woman to control her own body. Many pro-lifers talk as if they have lost the rights […]

Atheist, Secular, and Pro-Life

“Could it be true?” Marco Rossi asks in the September/October 2012 issue of The Humanist. “Is there really such a thing as a pro-life atheist? What’s next, Intelligent Design Agnostics? How about Secularists for Sharia Law?” Although Rossi seems to think his analogies are comical and highly effective, they are actually inapt. Pro-life atheists do […]

Doris Gordon’s Introduction to Prolife Libertarianism

A prominent libertarian writer once told me he was confused and conflicted on abortion — and requested that I not try to unconfuse him. The articles in this issue are not for such as him. They are for people willing to examine substantial arguments showing why abortion is not libertarian. If you have read articles […]

Abortion and Libertarianism’s First Principles

The essence of libertarianism is not the right to do whatever we choose. Instead, it’s the negative right to be free from aggression — the initiation of force or fraud. To be more exact, the essence is the negative obligation not to aggress. Abortion and Libertarianism’s First Principles Non-aggression and non-endangerment The non-aggression principle has […]