PRO-CHOICE LIBERTARIANS
Founded 1987
Against Government OUTLAWING Abortion?
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PURPOSE
    Libertarians boast they are "Pro-Choice on  Everything."  This group is for  people who want to make sure the Libertarian Party stays defacto "pro-choice" -- or anti-prohibition -- on the abortion issue.  Pro-Choice Libertarians is for libertarians, whether "pro-life" or "pro-choice," who agree with this goal.

    We do not promote a specific argument or ideology to support the view that government should stay out of the abortion issue.  Libertarians have many reasons for believing this.

    Our goal is for the national Libertarian Party platform to RETAIN wording making it clear that we want government to stay out of the matter and that we do not want it prohibiting (or mandating) abortion!  We will discuss strategies like lobbying, leafleting, rallying and, if necessary, protesting, to remind members how important it is that the LP STAYS pro-choice on everything!

   Pro-choice Libertarians as an organized group has been active in obtaining that goal since its formation in 1987 when it was feared there was a challenge to the platform.  It became active again during other years when there was a challenge to the platform,  particularly during the 2002 and 2004 Libertarian Party convention cycles.  It was not active during the 2006 Libertarian Convention cycle when delegates gutted much of the platform.  Nevertheless, libertarian delegates have retained a strong platform plank against government interference in the issue of abortion.


LIST OF JUST SOME OF THE REASONS LIBERTARIANS WANT GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE ABORTION ISSUE

     The 
fetus is not a human being with rights until it is born (based on a number of rationales) and/or only the mother confers rights on the fetus; even if the fetus has rights, and abortion is murder, the rights of the mother to evict trespassers -- for whatever reasons -- through abortion are greater (based on a number of rationales); the government is the problem, not the solution, including in this issue; it's my body and the government should keep its laws off it; people can decide this issue in their private, contractual communities; only voluntary means of convincing a woman to have a child are libertarian;  the decision on whether it is murder is based on political power and adult women have more power; it is wrong to force a deformed baby or unwanted child to come into the world; OTHER???

PHOTOS

Pro-Choice Libertarians booth at the 1987 Libertarian Party Convention in Seattle, WA
where Ron Paul was nominated for President.

Pro-Choice Libertarians at the  November 12, 1989 mass pro-choice rally in Washington, DC


Abortion by Wendy McElroy

The Libertarian Stand on Abortion by Harry Browne

Why Libertarians should be Pro-Choice regarding Abortion by Jan Narveson

Mary Ruwart on Abortion

Murray Rothbard on Abortion

Walter Block on Abortion

Ayn Rand on Abortion

Wikipedia articles "Support for the legalization of abortion" and "Libertarian perspectives on abortion"

EVOLUTION OF THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY PLATFORM ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND ABORTION
2002 & 2012
(Note that explicit references to women's rights were deleted from the 2006 and 2008 platform and forced sterilization and freedom of contraception were deleted in the 2008 platform, the latter in the interests of a greatly abbreviated platform.)

* Report on 2002 LP Convention & Abortion  See full Platform here.
Women's Rights and Abortion Plank
Individual rights should not be denied or abridged on the basis of sex. Recognizing that abortion is a very sensitive issue and that people, including libertarians, can hold good-faith views on both sides, we believe the government should be kept out of the question.

* Report on 2004 LP Convention & Abortion  See full Platform here.
Women's Rights and Abortion Plank
The Issue: Recognizing that abortion is a very sensitive issue and that people, including libertarians, can hold good-faith views on both sides, we believe the government should be kept out of the question. We condemn state-funded and state-mandated abortions. It is particularly harsh to force someone who believes that abortion is murder to pay for another's abortion.

The Principle: We hold that individual rights should not be denied or abridged on the basis of sex. It is the right and obligation of the pregnant woman, not the state, to decide the desirability or appropriateness of prenatal testing, Caesarean births, fetal surgery, voluntary surrogacy arrangements and/or home births.

Solutions: We oppose all laws likely to impose restrictions on free choice and private property or to widen tyranny through reverse discrimination.

Transitional Action: We call for repeal of all laws discriminating against women, such as protective labor laws and marriage or divorce laws which deny the full rights of men and women.


* See full 2006 LP Platform here.
Reproductive Rights Plank
The Issue: The tragedies caused by unplanned, unwanted pregnancies are aggravated and sometimes created by government policies of censorship, restriction, regulation and prohibition. Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on both sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.

The Principle: Individual rights should not be denied nor abridged on the basis of sex, age, dependency, or location. Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for other people's abortions, nor should any government or individual force a woman to have an abortion. It is the right and obligation of the pregnant woman regardless of age, not the state, to decide the desirability or appropriateness of prenatal testing, Caesarean births, fetal surgery, voluntary surrogacy arrangements and/or home births.

Solutions: We oppose government actions that either compel or prohibit abortion, sterilization or any other form of birth control. Specifically we condemn the practice of forced sterilization of welfare recipients, or of mentally retarded or "genetically defective" individual. We support the voluntary exchange of goods, services or information regarding human sexuality, reproduction, birth control or related medical or biological technologies. We oppose government laws and policies that restrict the opportunity to choose alternatives to abortion.

Transitional Action: We support an end to all subsidies for childbearing or child prevention built into our present laws.

* See full 2008 LP Platform here. 2012 LP Platform contains the same language.

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.


Pro-Choice Posters for Pro-Choice Protests, LP Conventions, etc.