You and I have something in common. Whether you are black or white, male or female, gay or straight, Mike Adams fan or unhinged lunatic we still have something in common: We are little more than the sum total of the choices we have made. Where many of us differ is in our view of the role government should play in the lives of individual citizens.
I generally agree with the notion that government is best which governs least. I believe that government is bad when it shields citizens from the consequences of their choices. I believe it is worse when it deprives them of the freedom to make choices altogether.
So I have been surprised at the tone of some of the questions directed towards me by Libertarians after some of my campus speeches – including UMASS-Amherst and Agnes Scott College. I am often asked by Libertarians some version of the following question:
“How can you describe yourself as a Republican with some libertarian leanings when you are pro-life?” – although some foolishly say “anti-choice.”
The answer to that question is pretty simple. The true libertarian is pro-life because what has come to be known as the “pro-choice” position is actually “anti-choice” – in a classically Orwellian sense. This is true for a couple of fairly simple reasons.
First, the right to abortion was established via action at the federal level. One judicial body made a choice that took away the ability of fifty legislative bodies to make a choice about the legality of a controversial procedure. Hence, it was a net loss for choice. In fact, one could say “My legislative body, my choice!” or “Get your laws off my body politic!”
Second, abortion is fundamentally anti-choice because the decision to abort is only one choice. Whenever that choice is made a lifetime of choices are prevented. The average life is over 27,000 days long and we all make dozens of choices daily. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that each abortion results in an average net loss of at least a million choices.
Libertarians, therefore, should be adamantly opposed to abortion as a matter of principle. That most of them are not suggests that it is not the brain but another part of the body that is guiding their decision on the issue.
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