Saturday Book Review: Liberty Defined by Ron Paul: Abortion

by wisdomhunt

If I can stomach it, I intend to review Liberty Defined chapter-by-chapter so that you never have to.

It’s amazing to me that many people I have spoken to in the pro-choice group rarely care about choice in other circumstances. Almost all regulations by the federal government to protect us from ourselves (laws against smoking, bans on narcotics, and mandatory seat belts, for example) are readily supported by the left/liberals who demand “choice.”

Perhaps, but as a counterpoint, the kooks do not have a united stance on abortion. Ron Paul believes it is an act of violence against another human being, thereby violating his precious non-aggression principle. Others, such as Rothbard and Walter Block believe in evictionism. This disagreement is another example of the convoluted views of classical liberals. They can’t even come to a consensus on a topic as important as abortion.

We statists have a much firmer footing because we follow, without question, the rule of law that the government dictates to us. Questioning such laws is, frankly, un-American.

Ron Paul states that the federal government is overstepping its bounds by mandating pro-choice in each state via federal laws. He notes:

I consider it a state-level responsibility to restrain violence against any human being…

He freely notes that this leaves open the possibility of some states making abortion legal and others making it illegal.

Well where does that end? What is to stop some counties within states from making it illegal when the state says it is legal? Or some cities within counties? Or some neighborhoods within cities? Or certain doctors within neighborhoods?

The end point is free choice and decisions of morality at an individual level, also known as chaos. What if Block or Rothbard had gone to Ron Paul when he was still a practicing physician and demanded an eviction of a fetus? He cannot just turn down such a request when the government says it is legal. He does not get to decide what is right and wrong; the government does.

Therefore, the federal government is doing the right thing by dictating what is moral and what is immoral to its citizenry. It is the only way to prevent the chaos of individual choice.

Previous chapters reviewed:
The Introduction