One thing that Stephanie Slade said in her Reason piece is that if she didn’t believe that fetus’s were babies and that life started at conception, she would be pro-choice on abortion. I have the opposite position and say that if I believe life started at conception, I would be anti-choice on abortion. I would be against right to choose an abortion to end pregnancies. Other than to save the life and health of the mother. This is exactly where the abortion debate is. When do you believe life starts. At conception, or when the fetus is born and becomes a baby.
I’m not a Libertarian, but I don’t believe being anti-choice on abortion is anti-libertarian. Especially if you believe that life starts at conception and you have consistent libertarian views both on economic policy and social issues. Which is what Ron Paul and his son Rand Paul both have. And one thing I would give anti-choice Libertarians on abortion credit for is that when they say their pro-life, they really mean it. They also tend to be against the death penalty and the use of drones.
So I think it’s hard for today’s so-called Progressives to make the case that anti-choice on abortion Libertarians are now pro-big government, because they want government involvement when it comes to health care. Because when they also tend to support same-sex marriage, prostitution, gambling, pornography, marijuana, gambling and are pro-choice on other issues. But that won’t stop Salon, AlterNet, The Nation and many other New-Left publications, from trying to make that case anyway.
Reason Magazine: Nick Gillespie, Ronald Bailey, Mollie Hemingway & Katharine Mangu-Ward- Abortion & Libertarians