Libertarian

Libertarian Party Deletes the Abortion Plank from their Platform

The delegates of the Libertarian National Convention this past weekend voted to delete the plank from their platform concerning abortion.

1.5 Abortion

Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.

https://www.lp.org/platform/

As the Supreme Court looks set to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to the leaked draft of the opinion of the court, the Libertarians have always been staunch defenders of the women’s right to chose. However, there has been a movement in the party fueled by Ron Paul type Libertarians to move the party more towards the pro-life stance.

The deletion of 1.5 doesn’t necessarily say the party is pro-life, but it doesn’t mean the party is pro-choice. As of this moment the Libertarian Party doesn’t have a stance on abortion.

What do you all think? Should the Libertarian Party be pro-choice or pro-life?

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  1. If one’s right to life is removed, all other rights are meaningless. However, coercion in either direction (e.g. charging any and all mothers with murder for aborting, forcing taxpayers to pay for abortion) is a violation of the Zero Aggression Principle. Abortion is a complicated issue, and taking a position that fuels either extreme is likely to violate both the Zero Aggression Principle and the Tenth Amendment. Therefore, if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, there should be an honest discussion in relation to viability, coercion, means and mode of abortion and other factors at the State level. There may be ‘sanctuary cities’ needed for both sides if a state takes an extreme position in either direction- Pro-life organizations are already dealing with potential ‘forced speech’ situations, (see NIFLA vs, Becerra, when several libertarian groups supported the crisis pregnancy centers’ right to not ‘advertise’ for the abortion providers), and frankly, we are more likely to see this type of censorship from the left, considering Becerra is part of the administration.

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  2. There are Libertarians on both sides of the issue. For the National to claim one side it disenfranchises the other side. With no national stance, Libertarians can still be on either side and still feel included in the party.

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