Written by Grant M. Deltz
“You cannot have Liberty without life, therefore, life must be defended, as should our Liberty.”
Now, think, when was the last time a far right pro life supporter mentioned the unintended pregnancy rate or the struggles of being a single mother? When was the last time a far left Planned Parenthood supporter mentioned when the heartbeat begins, or the idea that taxpayer dollars shouldn’t fund abortions?
Neither side wants to look at the full range of the issue.
As a libertarian, I naturally come down on the side of personal choice. However, is the real choice the decision to have an abortion, or the decision to have sex? The logical answer would be: to have sex.
Now, most pro life supporters just stop there with their questions and proceed to call abortion relentless murder and the act of being unaccountable. I am not one of these people. The issue of abortion exists because of two reasons.
- Unintended pregnancies happen
- There is no support for carrying out the pregnancies
Unintended pregnancies should be recognized as the true issue here. You must solve the unintended pregnancy issue before you can solve the abortion issue.
What can you do?
First, end the war on drugs and allow full access to birth control for women. Many pro life supporters oppose this idea, and I call them hypocrites. They want to end abortion, but don’t want to give women more pre-pregnancy options to avoid situations where abortion becomes an option. Women deserve the right to take birth control. Regardless of moral convictions, it is better to prevent a pregnancy than to terminate a pregnancy – no matter who you ask.
Next, defeat many abortion incentives. One major incentive is the price of having a baby. On average, for a birth with no complications, it will cost $2,600 while a C-section will average out to cost $4,500. Very expensive stuff. Now, I imagine that a libertarian free market healthcare system would lower these costs. The increased competition would have births costing far less.
Another incentive, is not wanting to keep the baby, yet not wanting to have the baby due to the emotional issues involved. The first part, putting it up for adoption, should be a valued option. I’d like to see less adoption regulations though, to streamline the process. The second part of that, the emotional side, will be dealt with either way. It shouldn’t be ignored though. Any institution that offers abortions should also offer free counseling for support.
I would also cut funding to Planned Parenthood. Taxpayer dollars should not go towards funding abortions. If they continue to do so, I would support religious people, or any people, who oppose abortion to withhold from paying taxes.
After these changes I imagine the unintended pregnancy rate will drop incredibly. The next question is, do you support anti abortion legislation at this point? As the situation stands today in 2016, I would not. Black market abortions will only cause harm and danger. However, if the unintended pregnancy rate could drop significantly, I would support legislation banning late term abortions first, then banning abortions after the first trimester later on. The heart usually begins to beat at around six weeks, as a reference.
I do believe that life begins in the womb. I do believe that the concept of abortion is disgusting. However, I am logical, and a libertarian. Women will likely never make a harder decision in their lives. Whatever decision they make should be respected. Yet, this does not mean that the issue of abortion should not be resolved. People of all viewpoints, political, moral, and religious, must come together to make logical and fair change. I believe this is how the issue of abortion could be solved.
I believe you cannot have Liberty without life. Therefore, we must explore every measure possible to defend life while respecting the lives of people involved.
I’m pro life and pro liberty for everybody.