- Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:33 pm
As a Christian and a libertarian, I find the abortion issue challenging. On one hand, I believe in small government whose only function is to protect its citizens from the use of force or fraud. So, if human life begins at conception, or at some other point before birth, then abortion after that point can be considered murder; on the other hand, if human life begins at birth, then it would be an act of aggression against the mother to outlaw abortion. Now, birth seems to be a pretty arbitrary point at which to attain personhood, so I tend to lean pro-life and give the unborn the benefit of the doubt.
But at the same time, I don't really expect government to "fix" the abortion problem, and it disgusts me to see so much money thrown at candidates to protect choice/the unborn. In a more perfect world, the politicians might declare a truce on this issue, so that all that campaign money could then be directed to contraceptives by the pro-choicers, and to prenatal care and adoption providers by the pro-lifers. But that would require the politicians to care more about the women and children in question than about the campaign money, and the power it can buy.