Abortion and Libertarianism
Whether you are religious or antitheist (atheist) the values of Liberty protect people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. This includes babes inside their mother and outside their mother. I am not an expert on the biology of an infant when it is inside the womb, but we all know logically that a baby is a separate person from its mother. My son did come from my wife's DNA but that does not make him the same person as her. Her DNA was used to make a separate organism. In a similar way to a single-celled organism splitting to become another one, even though they are the exact same DNA make up(versus babies are half mom's DNA and half Dads) once cells divide they become a different organism. Once the egg and the sperm come together you have a whole new being. Also in a similar way, trees start off as a seed once the seed begins to sprout it is on its way to becoming a full-grown tree.
So just like the seed from the tree is a potential tree, the seed or egg from a woman is a potential separate human. Once the sperm hits the egg then the potential goes away and we have a never-ending upward trajectory of growth. My son, as of the writing of this section, is 10 months old. 19 months ago his actualization process of the sprout to full grown began. That process won't stop until he is about 25 or so (the human brain does not fully develop until this age). At that point, the body goes into a more degenerative phase leading to old people. This analog is actually why I have a shirt that says pretend I'm a tree and save me. It blows me away how some people can go hug a tree to keep it from being cut down but turn and murder the little sprout inside of them.
Just to show the inconsistency, if a pregnant woman is hit in a car wreck then it is a double homicide, but if she makes it to her destination, an abortion clinic, and kills her baby then she walks away with no criminal charges. It is the only place in the world where someone can kill another human being and be innocent of murder. A life was snuffed out forever and the women are praised because she had the courage to get "health care".
No one in their right mind thinks of it as health care. Do theme parks think it's healthcare if a woman goes on a high-intensity ride to the detriment of the baby, no? Do airport administration think it's healthcare when a woman is about to have the baby and she goes in an airplane, no? Why can a woman go to prison for killing her 3 months through shaky baby syndrome but women can kill her baby a week before he is born with no charges?
I say all this because, at the end of the day, I believe in freedom. Clearly, the first section of the book shows how much I value freedom. The problem is freedom has its limits. Freedom is meant to not to violate others rights by exterior forces. Abortion goes against that kind of freedom. Abortion has a baby not only being harmed but murdered by external forces. The external force being the mother's will and the hand of the abortionist. This is what sets libertarianism apart from chaos. Libertarianism allows for people's rights to be protected by protecting their belongings both body and property. If your things are being stolen with no consequence or you're being beaten up without consequence, it will be very difficult to exercise your freedoms. You will be in constant fear of losing property or being harmed.
I think the hard part about libertarianism is that you have an atheist evolutionist who thinks that we all are evolved stardust that have no objective moral significance and then you have Christians who think that we were made like God (in His Image, Genesis 1:27) and are created thus to think and act like him. Since libertarianism does not take a theological stance on God then when it tries to make arguments morally for the two principles it struggles. It does assume that every human in society innately ought to think that theft and bodily harm is inherently wrong. The problem is that those people who claim to be libertarian's but have killed or advocate killing babies in the womb are poking a hole in that assumption.
As a Christian, I would say they are suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. But that's the struggle libertarianism is built on moral assumptions that not everyone has. What is hard is that people want to have the freedom of libertarianism and they want the protections of libertarianism, but they do not want to give up freedoms. Someone wants the freedom to harm someone against their will aka the freedom to kill unborn humans. They assume that the value of that human being inside a woman is only valuable if it's temporal life support and the partial creator wants them or not. So to willing parents, ‘we are so glad your baby is in the world, kids are great.’ Then we turn around and say to our unwilling parent friend who just killed her kid, yeah I guess that one was not worthy enough to make it into the world. The second moral stance is a philosophical word called existentialism, which is defined as there being no objective morality, instead the standard for value and truth is what individuals say the meaning is. So in this example the mother did not existentialistically decide this life had value for herself, so we all accept her subjective value as the new standard. In this system meaning does not come from an innate universal truth but instead is made up from person to person.
Thus this is a tension within Libertarianism. People want to protect wanted life, but exterminate life they do not want. This is the struggle between objective truth Libertarianism and subjective relativist Libertarianism.
Tim Bankes II
Tim is a Christian author. His worldview that informs his writing is Calvinist, Baptist, and Libertarian. His main series is his Christian picture book series, "About God for Kids", where he discusses the attributes of God in a way kids can digest. He also wrote a Christian Romance novel, libertarian book for beginners, and Christian coloring books. He graduated with a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He has written a book on freedom called “Are You Free” (If you are into listening to books I have it in audio also, Are You Free Audiobook )and he has written multiple children’s books about God. Be Sure to check out the podcast version of the blog, Labor for Truth Podcast. And check out “The Truth About” Youtube Channel. You can find his works at his amazon author page, https://amazon.com/author/timbankes. He even has a free digital ebook on how God is the creator. Get your free copy today at, Greater Creator .Also If you are into Christian Fiction, he has made his first book in his Futuristic Christian Fiction series free, Her Dying Wish
Some of my other favorite books on these subjects that are great for beginners to the liberty movement are:
Faith Seeking Freedom by Norman Horn, Doug Stuart , Kerry Baldwin, Dick Clark (Christian Perspective)
The Libertarian Theology of Freedom by Edmund Opitz (Christian Perspective)