2013’s March for Life: C’mon, Libertarians!

With 2013’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., approaching on January 25th, I ask: Will many libertarians attend?  A recent Cato Institute study said 37% of libertarians are pro-life, versus 31% of Democrats, 45% of independents, and 68% of Republicans. Many libertarians believe the false claims that unborn babies are parts of or can be “trespassers” in their mothers’ bodies.  Also, most libertarians oppose nearly all government interventions in society. However, as a conservative/libertarian I believe two libertarian principles command that libertarians oppose all abortions.

For one, no unborn babies agree to abortion, violating libertarianism’s principle that individuals’ decisions about their lives should be voluntary. Of course, it’d be impossible for abortionists to ask eight- or nine-weekers to “Sign here,” but this absurdity’s the point. If unborn babies’ lives become unbearable after birth, these unborn babies could unfortunately commit suicide.  The U.S. Libertarian Party’s platform says, “People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives…for the benefit of others[,]” including mothers.

Also, abortions can adversely affect others besides the consenting mothers1 and aborted babies, thereby violating libertarianism’s principle that all persons have an “equal right…to live in whatever manner they choose.” Abortions often result in medical problems for the mothers’ future children. As the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’s The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion (2004) documents, relative to children of mothers who’ve never received an abortion, children of mothers who’ve received an abortion(s) are about twice as likely to die in utero and have low birth weights and up to three times as likely to have premature births. As another adverse effect to others, abortions, aside from rape cases, violate fathers’ natural right to be fathers.

While violating these libertarian principles dealing with voluntary decisions and adverse effects to others, abortions destroy unborn babies’ liberty: In the womb, unborn babies kick, yawn, play with their noses, smile, learn languages, recognize their mothers’ voices, and if twins, play pushing games. C’mon, libertarians! Ya’ll should be pro-life, and pro-lifers welcome ya’ll to 2013’s March for Life.

Danielsmyth.org published this article’s original version.


1 After abortions, mothers can endure such complications as cervical scarring and Post-Abortion Syndrome.

Original image – “Libertarians for Life”

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Dan Smyth earned his Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His articles have appeared in the Washington Times, American Thinker, the Freeman, and other publications. Find him on Twitter at @DanielSmyth7.

2 comments
Manley Freesteader
Manley Freesteader

So.... what is to be done? I oppose abortion. Yet I would never consider initiating force on a woman to force her to bring a baby to term. That's authoritarian bullshit. That's the opposite of libertarian. The best anyone can hope for is changing attitudes about it so it becomes a rarity. But at the moment it's the tingly thrill of genitals rubbing together that is considered more important than a human life. And people seem unwilling to understand that NO birth control is 100% effective and that even if you "take precautions" you're still responsible for the unplanned pregnancy. Don't want a baby yet? Don't have sex. > Yeah. I said it......

Manley Freesteader
Manley Freesteader

So.... what is to be done? I oppose abortion. Yet I would never consider initiating force on a woman to force her to bring a baby to term. That's authoritarian bullshit. That's the opposite of libertarian. The best anyone can hope for is changing attitudes about it so it becomes a rarity. But at the moment it's the tingly thrill of genitals rubbing together that is considered more important than a human life. And people seem unwilling to understand that NO birth control is 100% effective and that even if you "take precautions" you're still responsible for the unplanned pregnancy. Don't want a baby yet? Don't have sex. > Yeah. I said it......