Ron Paul is pro life.
Libertarians are divided on this issue. But many Libertarian beliefs seem to be in favor of life.
Libertarians state that each individual is responsible for his or her own actions. Therefore, if a woman becomes pregnant because she had voluntary sex, any conceived child is the direct result of this voluntary action of the parents.
A failing contraceptive does not remove the parents’ responsibility, as anyone can know in advance that no contraceptive is perfect. In that case abortion can only be justified by the pro-choice argument when a woman becomes pregnant involuntarily, such as through rape.
Libertarians also state that no one is allowed to actively harm another human being. Because the parents were actively involved in giving life to another human being they are not allowed to let it die.
The libertarian abortion discussion now centers on the question at what stage of development the fertilized human egg cell can be considered a human being. Physical completeness and full mental abilities, such as a free will and the ability to reason, of normal people can never be the standard as this would classify very small children and disabled adults as not being human and having no right to their own life.
Don’t tell me I’m wrong when you are the one who has no idea what you’re talking about.
This is the first time I’ve seen you in the libertarian tag and I can’t really disagree with much of what you say. Libertarians are always debating on when life begins. The biological view says at conception, neurologists says life begins when a brain wave is detected, and some say life begins at conception. There is no scientific definition on the beginning of life.
So as a libertarian, I think it is important to use the non aggression principle as how one should view the abortion issue. As you said, individuals should be responsible for their actions. As you said, no one should be able to harm another human being. But as you say, the question is when does life become life? Science hasn’t been able to establish that.
So with that said, we libertarians should apply our philosophy the best possible we can with the information we are given.
Since science can’t establish when life begins we can’t actively kill any being. But because we value individual body ownership we can’t force anyone to do anything against their will.
Which is the conundrum of the libertarian. As a libertarian I can’t be pro life nor pro choice.
So as a libertarian we must decide who has the best claim to the ownership to their body. As a libertarian I would say women have the best claim to their own body, as they own themselves.
So what options do women have when they are pregnant? Must like any other property owners, they have the right to evict. Does that mean they have the right to kill? Absolutely not. If you evict someone from your property you have the responsibility to make sure the evicted has a chance to survive. Unfortunately that always doesn’t happen. Which is a super unfortunate situation.
Hopefully at some point technology will progress to the point where a woman can evict her fetus at any point and it will survive. Not just survive, but thrive.
Literally watched Walter Block talk about this last week. Evictionism. I like it.