Libertarians for Life
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Libertarians for Life (LFL) is a nonsectarian group expressing an opposition to abortion within the context of libertarianism. Based in Wheaton, Maryland, Libertarians For Life believes abortion is not a right, but "a wrong under justice".
The website of Libertarians For Life offers a wide variety of materials on most of the mainstream arguments of abortion, and many of the obscure arguments. All of the arguments are either neutral to the ideology of libertarianism or supportive of it. Indeed, many of the articles argue that opposition to abortion is not only compatible with being a libertarian, but even follows from the acceptance of libertarian principles.
To explain and defend its stance on abortion, Libertarians For Life argues that:
- Human offspring are human beings, persons from fertilization.
- Abortion is homicide – the killing of one person by another.
- There is never a right to kill an innocent person. Prenatally, we are all innocent persons.
- A prenatal child has the right to be in the mother's body. Parents have no right to evict their children from the crib or from the womb and let them die. Instead both parents, the father as well as the mother, owe them support and protection from harm.
- No government, nor any individual, has a just power to legally "de-person" any one of us, born or preborn.
- The proper purpose of the law is to side with the innocent, not against them.
None of the arguments are based upon religious belief, and are intended to appeal equally to atheists and theists. This is a point of pride for the group, claiming to rely on science and reason, while both pro-life allies and pro-choice opponents use what they view as non-scientific or unreasoned arguments.
Doris Gordon, an atheist, founded Libertarians For Life in 1976 "because some libertarian had to blow the whistle." The primary purpose of Libertarians For Life is to push the Libertarian Party toward a more neutral or more pro-life view on abortion, similar to the party's 1988 presidential nominee, Ron Paul.
The Libertarian Party view on abortion
The national platform of the Libertarian Party states under the "Abortion" section: "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."
There are pro-choice libertarian organisations that oppose state involvement in the issue such as the Association of Libertarian Feminists and Pro-Choice Libertarians.
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- Libertarians For Life official website