The Libertarian Stance On Abortion: Pro-Life Or Pro-Choice?


No other topic carries as much violent debate as the topic of abortion inside the libertarian community. While the majority of libertarians default to the pro-choice position, a growing contingent of right-leaning libertarians are pro-life (many from the Conservative side of the house and Republican defectors) and believe the government should use force against another in regards to protecting a fetus.

Both sides often provide credible arguments, yet anything close to a full consensus inside the libertarian community has yet to be reached.

The major question on the table between the two opposing camps surrounds the idea of the individual: Does the mother, as an individual, have the right to remove an unwanted entity from her body, living or not; or does the entity’s right as a potential future individual supersede the mother’s right?

Libertarian Party Position:

Per the 2018 party platform:

“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.”

The Libertarian Stance:

The libertarian stance does not engage in the pro-life/pro-choice argument and generally agrees with the Libertarian Party’s platform that the government has no business in policing the medical and reproductive habits and choices of the people. Education, not legislation is paramount in situations like this and the only people who should have any credible opinion on abortion are the parents, the medical professionals, and the spiritual advisors (if applicable) involved.

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