By Benjamin Olsen | United States
Abortion is a topic that many feel a male, including myself, should have no business talking about. However, I think good debate requires anyone and everyone to share their opinions in order to form a more perfect perspective. A disagreement witnessed in the Libertarian Party and beyond is whether or not abortion should be regulated by the U.S. government or if it should be legalized and left as such. The leading argument for the legalization side is “the best government is the government that governs least” and the argument that, like with the war on drugs, there will still be ways to get the service. The argument on the other side, that to protect “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” we must protect all life, even if that means Government intervention.
Legalised abortion is, safe to say, where you will find the majority of libertarians. The case for such a stance is simple and could be summed up in as few as 6 words. “It is not the government’s job.” It is not the government’s job whether at the state or federal level to dictate to its citizens how they should treat their bodies. However, the other side of the argument takes issue with this, because they abide by the NAP. The NAP is a principle discussed by many libertarian scholars. It means that one should not seek to forcibly interfere with another’s life or property. Hence, strict followers of the NAP would see abortion as a violation, ending a life.
From a purely scientific perspective, there are several theories on when life begins. Leading theories include at conception, when there is a heartbeat, or at viability. When we look at the each of these arguments, all we will find is more disagreement. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that science has not found conclusively when an abortion crosses the line from procedure to murder. With reason to doubt that only one life is involved, should we allow the Federal Government to legalize murder for all? Or should we stick to what has already been decided, such as the limitations set forth in Roe v. Wade? However, if we take abortion as murder, then a violation of the NAP has been committed. If the NAP has been violated then a crime has been committed and it is the government’s duty to provide Justice through our court system.
The government’s job is not to govern us but to rather provide protection from violations against our life, liberty, and property and as such the government should regulate abortion to protect not only the lives of the unborn but the lives of mothers. The problem with imprisoning every woman who has an abortion is that we would have several women in jail that had no choice left to them except abortion. Abortion, with limitations, is the ultimate solution. A solution that has been outlined in Roe v. Wade, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Ultimately the Abortion laws that are currently on the books in many states are what should be sought after.
The answer is not more laws or fewer laws, but to leave the topic alone. This is an issue that is being handled by the states and that is how it should be left. It is not up to the Federal Government to rule from afar the daily aspects of life, rather do as the 10th Amendment prescribes and leave the governing to the states. The unborn are protected by laws that require parental consent if the mother is a minor or require ultrasounds. The mother’s rights are protected by giving her the ability to carry on with an abortion if she so chooses and if it does not infringe on the rights of the unborn. The states should do as little as possible, while also preserving the rights of the mother and the unborn.
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