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Subject:  Re: Discussing individual rights and libertarian Date:  7/1/2004  7:43 AM
Author:  JARandom Number:  9235 of 23810

"Challenge 1:

Assume for the sake of argument that a fetus is a human life from the moment of conception. With that assumption in place and unquestioned, justify making abortion legally available on demand.

Challenge 2:

Assume for the sake of argument that a fetus is NOT a human life until some relatively late point - perhaps at birth. With that assumption in place and unquestioned, justify prohibiting abortion at some much-earlier point.

I assure you, both these challenges CAN be met. "

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From a libertarian point of view, you mean?

Hmmm......I honestly don't think I'm capable of doing this.

In the first case, the libertarian state is obligated to protect the fetus from murder, and making abortion legally available on demand would be like letting a convicted serial killer out of jail.

In the second case, the libertarian state, absent of any obligation to protect the fetus, is then obligated to actually protect the rights of the mother to excercise her free will. The state would actually be obligated to use force to protect the mother from anyone who used force to stop her from aborting the fetus. Certainly the state would not be justified in using force to stop the abortion.

I just don't see how you can justify, from a libertarian point of view, the state can deviate from its obligation to protect its citizens.

I guess I can't meet your challenge.

-JAR

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