Thinking Beyond Pro-Choice & Pro-Life

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Travis Hallman, June 6, 2017

First and foremost, thanks for opening this article. Your engagement proves your willingness to be open to new ideas.

Before diving right into the subject of abortion clinics, I want to preface by saying that these ideas represent my own view, and not necessarily those of every libertarian nor even all members of the Ask A Libertarian team. There are many pro-choice, pro-life, and pro-privatize libertarians running for offices on your voting ballot. However, I identify as the last option because my end goal is to have ZERO demand for abortion clinics. I believe privatizing abortion clinics and empowering moral agents will achieve this goal more effectively than other means. Here’s why:

Libertarian Party Platform,

1.5 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.

https://www.lp.org/platform/

To me, one statement stands out among all other statements within that platform: “We believe that government should be kept out of the matter.”

Government should not be allowed to create, fund or even prohibit abortion clinics from operating. Giving them power to prevent abortion clinics from opening because you don’t like them will enable them to use that same power to block your ability to open your business (of any kind) tomorrow, because someone else doesn’t like it. The best way for me to protect MY freedom of choice is to protect YOUR freedom of choice.

QUESTION: Can you think of any examples when government uses one power to restrict another freedom?

In addition to being allowed to operate, abortion services must also stand independent of any government funding or involvement. Realizing government doesn’t (yet) own abortion clinics, offering government funds to them still creates incentives to earn more funds by doing more abortions.  And as long as abortion providers are receiving funding or any other special treatment from the government, it is against their own interests for the government to allow moral agents to easily impact potential clients. By allowing government involvement in this sector, they can now appeal to it to take action in many forms against those moral agents. This may include, but is not limited to, lobbying for laws requiring standards such as licenses for pro-family or anti-abortion groups to open, increasing their taxes, or denying the same bailouts and incentives to those moral or private agencies.

Additionally, the government has to use your tax dollars to pay the employees responsible for counting your money and rationing it to abortion clinics. This is irresponsible spending at best and absolutely evil at worst. Never will 100% of taxpayers be satisfied with how the taxes are being spent (that applies in all aspects for all government run agencies). Allowing abortion clinics to exist solely in the private sector, removing taxes (to remove incentive for crony partnership with politicians), and ending bailouts (to avoid the creation of a monopoly) will allow for each individual to choose a business that 100% satisfies their needs.

“But abortion is murder!”

Then let’s expose abortion clinics to the free market so that demand can dictate the survival of the murder clinic (not the force of the government keeping them open). Then let’s empower churches and other moral agents to empower individuals not to demand the murder clinics. This would, in part, require better sex education and other related services.

I realize there are already many churches and moral agents making strides in sex education. However, establishing complete privatization without licensing, taxation, and bailouts would greater empower these organizations and allow for more of them to open and run effectively.

I’m offering a moral solution instead of using force, coercion, extortion, or incarceration to END ABORTIONS.

QUESTION: Is there another way to stop abortions (without using force, coercion, extortion, or incarceration)?

“[The] Simplest way to stop abortions is to teach our children about celibacy & hold them to it.”
-Joy Waymire (candidate for president in 2016)

 

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3 thoughts on “Thinking Beyond Pro-Choice & Pro-Life

  1. It starts at home first. Most adults don’t care what they expose their children to,so kids are still seeing their parents have sex,and they believe that if mom and dad are doing it,then it’s okay for them to do it. Parents don’t step in and say nothing so kids think its okay. Also adults aren’t taking it serious what it means to be pure,they have stopped caring about it. Social media has a lot to blame too. The posts kids are exposed to. The friends kids have. Finally,you must ask yourself,what morals and values do you have? Are you afraid of getting an STD? Look deep into your soul.

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    • Most adults don’t care what they expose their children to, [A very broad and erroneous assumption upon which you base the remainder of your thinking.]

      so kids are still seeing their parents have sex, [Really, you think and believe that children are seeing their parents having sexual intercourse? You are grossly incorrect, as I doubt that a man can maintain an erection with his children watching and I also doubt that the mother would permit this]

      . The friends kids have. Finally,you must ask yourself,what morals and values do you have? Are you afraid of getting an STD? Look deep into your soul.

      [The onus of my point is this. It is a parents job to instill and inculcate and imbue morals and values into the child between the ages of 0-10. At about 9-11 years old children come into what is called their own volition, or their own will. This means that they are 100 % responsible for their own choices and their own actions. If you think you are going to instill morals and values after the age of 8 forget it. Morals and values, I am afraid, you think they are subjective and relative and personal. Morals and values are Universal, (good the world over) Abstract ( non material ideas) Objective ( not a part of the human) and Absolute (they are the final word on the subject)

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  2. Government should not be allowed to create, fund or even prohibit abortion clinics from operating. Giving them power to prevent abortion clinics from opening because you don’t like them will enable them to use that same power to block your ability to open your business (of any kind) tomorrow, because someone else doesn’t like it. The best way for me to protect MY freedom of choice is to protect YOUR freedom of choice.

    Really? So Government can impose punishment for crimes of one human agains another human, and having the government involved in abortion is going to prevent you from opening a roofing business or a tire shop tomorrow. You are using false equivalency and appealing to emotions and appealing to the ridiculous.

    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.

    Your party platform already assumes that there is not two humans involved in an abortion and assumes that there is no crime.

    And as long as abortion providers are receiving funding or any other special treatment from the government, it is against their own interests for the government to allow moral agents to easily impact potential clients.

    This sentence reads like someone is intoxicated on cannabis sativa.

    Additionally, the government has to use your tax dollars to pay the employees responsible for counting your money and rationing it to abortion clinics. This is irresponsible spending at best and absolutely evil at worst.

    Absolute evil is allowing the murder of innocent life.

    Then let’s empower churches and other moral agents to empower individuals not to demand the murder clinics.

    Another sentence conceived and written under the influence of cannabis. Really, using that buzzword of empower to the point of regurgitation.

    I realize there are already many churches and moral agents making strides in sex education. However, establishing complete privatization without licensing, taxation, and bailouts would greater empower these organizations and allow for more of them to open and run effectively.

    More mush thinking put on paper to make a paragraph. Plus the buzzword empower. Buzzwords are simply catchy phrases that sound intelligent and witty and actually prevent and block both the user of the buzzword and the reader from critical and indepth thinking about the subject.

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