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

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 […]

The “Right” of Abortion: A Dogma in Search of a Rationale

Abortion seriously divides libertarians. This article will examine the arguments of three libertarians who support abortion as a legal right: Walter Block, Tibor Machan, and Murray Rothbard. 1 None of them advanced a case for this alleged right. Whether the unborn are “persons”, in the sense of human beings entitled to legal rights and immunities, […]

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 […]

Why the Embryo or Fetus Is Not a Parasite

a) A parasite is defined as an organism of one species living in or on an organism of another species (a heterospecific relationship) and deriving its nourishment from the host (is metabolically dependent on the host). (See Cheng, T.C., General Parasitology, p. 7, 1973.) b) A human embryo or fetus is an organism of one species (Homo sapiens) living in […]

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 […]

Fetal Rights: Enforceable in Principle

A response to “Fetal Rights: The Implication of a Supposed Ought,” by Tibor R. Machan An argument frequently used to defend keeping abortion legal is that banning abortion will necessarily lead to severe invasions of personal liberty — that there will be, for example, “pregnancy police”. One important example of this line of reasoning, from […]