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Some Information on LFL

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In 1976, when she became pro-life, Doris Gordon founded Libertarians for Life "because some libertarian had to blow the whistle."

As libertarians, LFL's interest in the abortion debate is in everyone's unalienable rights. LFL's reasoning is philosophical, not religious. Some LFL associates are religious; others, such as Gordon, are atheists.

LFL focuses mainly on two central points: personhood (what "person" means, and why all preborn children are persons); and parental obligation (how parents incur it). From our answers we conclude that prenatal children have the right to the protection of the law.

We also conclude that abortion-choicers can't disprove that the preborn are persons. They don't have a defense for abortion "rights" that even they agree upon. Nor do they have even one argument that holds water.

LFL uses many sources to gather information: libertarian and other publications, conversation, correspondence, etc. It scrutinizes arguments both for and against abortion "rights" to see what merit, if any, they have. It publishes articles explaining why abortion and abandonment are aggression under libertarian principles. Its newsletter, LFL Reports, has been published occasionally since 1981.

Is LFL doing any good? Our articles and letters have appeared in various publications, libertarian, pro-life, etc. We have provided speakers for libertarian and other events. One staunch abortion-choice libertarian was heard to mutter about "creeping Gordonism." Others call abortion a "hot debate." LFL intends to keep feeding the flame. Please help.

Libertarians for Life's positions

Libertarianism affirms the central, inalienable right of all persons to be free from aggression (the initiation of force or fraud). Nonaggression belongs in every code of morality. LFL also affirms that from conception to death, we are persons with the right not to be killed. The killing of an innocent person, as in abortion, violates this right.

LFL further affirms that, under libertarian principles, parents owe their dependent children, born and preborn, care and protection from harm. Even if abortion were merely a case of "abandonment" or eviction, as some wish to rationalize it, it would still be wrongful death.

Dependent children are like "captives" of their parents, for they are in the parents' control. This is not voluntary for the children, but it is for the parents. Therefore, when parents choose not to provide care and the children get harmed, the parents have initiated force, and they are accountable.

Abortion, then, violates two rights of children: the right not to be killed, and the right to parental care and protection. Even when pregnancy is due to rape, both parents still have the general obligation not to kill or further endanger their innocent preborn child.

LFL explains and defends the libertarian case against abortion choice. Our reasoning is expressly scientific and philosophical rather than either pragmatic or religious, or merely political or emotional.

Libertarians for Life
13424 Hathaway Drive
Wheaton, MD 20906
footlogo.gif (5216 bytes) Phone: 301/460-4141
Email: dorisgordon@comcast.net
Web Sites: http://www.L4L.org

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