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

Beneath the Pro-Abortion Logic

This originally appeared in To Rescue the Future: The Pro-Life Movement in the 1980s, ISBN 0-919225-18-7; Copyright 1983, Life Cycle Books, 2205 Danforth Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4C 1K4, 416/690-5860.   I started this essay modestly: addressing the rhetoric used by both pro-lifers and pro-abortionists. How do our “languages” differ? How can we oppose or use […]

LFL Polls 1985 National and Maryland LP Conventions

Reprinted from the Maryland Libertarian Party’s Free State Libertarian Letter, December 1985   Libertarians for Life distributed a short poll on abortion and children’s rights at the October 26 [1985] convention of the Maryland Libertarian Party; 29 responses were received out of 45 people present. You might be interested in the result, and in comparing them […]

Abortion, Choice, and the Future of the Libertarian Party

[This was originally distributed at the Libertarian Party’s National Convention held in Anaheim, Calif., June 29-July 3, 2000.] In two different planks (Population, and Women’s Rights and Abortion), the Platform of the Libertarian Party gives unconditional support to abortion choice — at any time, for any reason, partial-birth abortion, the works. Even many who support […]

On Assisted Suicide

In addressing “assisted suicide,” there are two separate areas of discussion. In principle, is there a right to suicide? If so, do you have a right to ask someone else to help you? Do you have the right to have any others perform the task entirely? Most libertarians answer yes to such questions. The second […]

“Personally Opposed” to Abortion?

People tell us: “I’m personally opposed to abortion, but I think it should be legal.” Perhaps the notable version of that comes from Roman Catholics abortion choicers: They insist they believe “what Catholics believe” on abortion, but don’t want to force their beliefs on others. The usual pro-life response is to argue the substance of […]

Children’s Rights versus Murray Rothbard’s The Ethics of Liberty

You may have read reviews of Murray Rothbard’s book The Ethics of Liberty (Humanities Press, 1982). Unfortunately, most of the reviews failed to cover (or barely touched upon) how he handles the questions of abortion and children’s rights. And it is on these issues that Dr. Rothbard shows why so many find him exciting and […]

Abortion in the Case of Pregnancy Due to Rape

This is a draft, so your comments are welcome. Let’s begin by briefly summarizing what has to be assumed by a discussion of abortion in the case of pregnancy due to rape. There is no right to initiate force, that is, to violate rights, to commit aggression. (Force is permitted in defense, not in aggression.) […]

Why Parental Obligation?

A major debate among libertarians is over parental obligation. Do parents owe their dependent children care and support? Or do libertarian principles permit parents to abandon their children, even if harm results? John Walker of Libertarians for Life defended parental obligation at the Children’s Rights panel at the 1983 Libertarian Party Convention in New York […]