Now that the election for President is over, there has been debate around Libertarian circles about the party’s stance on Abortion. There is a huge voting block of Libertarians that identify themselves as Pro-life and are quite vocal about their opposition to abortion.
In a recent post on the Libertarian Party Facebook page, there was a meme added that suggested that the Libertarian Party is the party of pro-choice. This was the catalyst for all recent controversy surrounding the abortion debate.
Because of this post, there have been some that have suggested that the national party is attacking pro-lifers. The guys at Liberty Hangout have suggested that this type of post and push is a direct attack on Libertarians like them that believe in the concept of life.
However, it is not out of the blue. The party platform spells it out in simple terms:
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.
This type of Facebook post is not an attack on Pro-Life members of the party. It was intended to inform followers of the position of the party which is pro-choice. There is a consideration to have the theme of the 2017 convention to be Pro-Choice everything. That again is not an attack on the Pro-Life members but rather highlighting almost every position of the Libertarian movement. As Liberty Hangout suggests, it is near the top for consideration as the theme.
Again from the Party Platform:
We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.
The party is consistent in this matter at all levels. Free choice is a fundamental principle of Libertarianism. The ability of a free person to make choices about their lives is not a new concept. Yes, there is a debate on whether or not that choice extends to the fetus, and that is a debate that can take days, weeks and even months! Currently, the consensus among many people in this country is that the choice of the women overrides the choice of a fetus. Is abortion horrible? Yes, it is! There is nothing to debate there. However, government controlling the actions of others is something the Libertarian Party fights against. They are consistent and principled in their platform and statement of principles.
This is not an attack on Libertarian voters but rather informational for people that are considering joining the party. No everything is some conspiracy to alienate people from the party.