Abortion and Evictionism Violate NAP

When talking to libertarians about their position on abortion, one will find that this issue is divided into two separate camps. There is the “pro choice” position which is supposed to support a woman’s “right” to choose what she will do with her own body in cases where so called “reproductive rights” come into question. The other position that is commonly taken by libertarians is the pro-life stance which argues for the rights of the unborn child living innocently in the mother’s womb for nine short months by no choice of its own. I believe these words used to describe people’s opinion and attitude towards abortion are extremely misleading and should be classified as misnomers. First off, “pro choice” is a choice given to a woman to do what? Is it a choice to decide where to buy car insurance? Is it a choice to decide what type of ice cream you are going to have for dessert this evening? Clearly it’s not a benign choice, and if this choice is made it will result in an extremely destructive outcome. The choice is to commit murder or at least be an accessory to murder and it should be labeled as pro abortion not pro choice, since the choice is unambiguously abortion. The word “choice” is used to portray the action as just another routine act and a legitimate expression of a woman’s right. It is neither. There are people who support abortion as a right to choose but also support tax payer subsidized healthcare and welfare. These positions are incongruent with one another and the hypocrisy needs to be pointed out. The other side says they are “pro life” but there are many who identify as “pro life” that openly support military invasions and collateral damage through unnecessary and unjust wars. Pro-life means you support human life. I think you can be legitimately for the death penalty and be against abortion, however, you should then be called anti-abortion.
I firmly believe that abortion is wrong and is murder done in the most grotesque and heinous matter. This position and my feelings toward the slaying of unborn human babies do not come from any religious doctrine or from any religious teachings. It would be highly contradictory and illogical for me to take moral teachings from a religious institution, such as The Roman Catholic Church, that sat by idly during the holocaust, played a role in the genocide that took place in Rwanda in the Spring of 1994, and looked the other way in what can only be described as callous and inhuman as young children were raped and tortured for years by ghastly and evil priests hidden under the façade of holiness. My convictions are guided by the non-aggression principle (NAP) and principles grounded in epistemology. Science has conclusively and without reservations confirmed that life begins at conception. It does not begin after two weeks or three months but it is at conception when we have a human being in an early developmental stage that will eventually develop into a human being that will be able to reason and hopefully become a productive member of society. Abortion clearly violates NAP, especially if there is consent from the mother to engage in sexual intercourse which we have known for thousands and thousands of years might result in impregnation. I think a discussion can be open on whether or not abortion is acceptable in cases of rape and incest, which by the way account for less than one percent of abortions. I think the rapist should be punished and not the baby but I also think it would be unreasonable to force the mother, who did not consent to having sex, to have the baby. This then becomes an ethical issue and not a legal issue based on NAP. Abortions that are performed for women who give consent to have sex and clearly know that engaging in sexual activity can result in pregnancy, should not be immune from punishment along with a harsher punishment for the “doctors” who perform these barbaric and despicable procedures. The procedures are extremely graphic and I will not discuss them in detail here but they can easily be found in various medical journals and internet sites. I will say that abortion procedures performed at any point during the pregnancy are barbaric, uncivilized, gruesome, cold-blooded, and should be classified as vicious murder. The procedure clearly violates NAP since the baby is a human with self ownership and property rights with consent from the mother to become impregnated. The risks are known even when contraceptives are used as a preventative measure and fail, this does not mean the baby gets slaughtered for trivial and nonsensical reasons. The mother can opt to have the baby adopted after it is born and Walter Block, the great libertarian theorist, also has come up with a very interesting position when dealing with abortion that he calls evictionism.
I agree with Walter Block on most of the libertarian theories he has postulated over the years except for his ideas on evictionism. He says the baby can be evicted from the womb if the woman no longer wants it there and sees it as a burden or parasite. The baby will not be invasively killed or terminated, it will be removed from the womb and left to die on its own or survive depending on the developmental stage of the fetus and its viability outside the mother’s womb. This, according to Block, takes the harsh aspect of savagely killing the fetus inside the womb out of the equation by merely moving it outside the womb to allow nature to take it’s course. I agree with Block up to a certain point, however this theory as a whole seems to have some glaring contradictions and inconsistencies. The idea of evictionism can only work and not violate NAP if the fetus is viable outside the womb. If the fetus is at a late developmental stage and is viable outside the womb, then I see this as a feasible solution to unwanted pregnancy. If we develop technology that allows a baby survive outside the womb two weeks, two months, five months after conception, that would also be an acceptable solution. Perhaps artificial wombs that could provide the necessary biological functions the mother’s womb provides will become an available option that does not break the natural law of non aggression. These are the only ways I think evictionsim does not violate NAP. Someone can not invite you on an airplane that they own and then push you off the plane when it is 30,000 feet in the air because they say they do not want you there anymore and it is their plane. Picture an acquaintance forcibly bringing you over his house for a cup of coco and a game of chess on a cold winter’s day in an isolated location on a mountain miles and miles from the nearest neighbor. He is lonely and wants your company for a few hours but then has no use for you and sees you as an unwanted burden. The host knows a gigantic storm is on its way but you have no idea and it eventually comes through dumping four feet of snow and temperatures drop to -70 degrees Fahrenheit. Would it be a violation of NAP if the host forced you out of his home and into conditions that no human could survive for longer than a day? I would argue yes since there is both causation and fault. Then there is the man in a coma who can only survive if he is surgically attached to a person for nine months by which he is able to utilize the function of vital organs, let’s say the kidneys. You consent to this procedure and are aware that this person will die if he is removed from you anytime before the nine months is up. If you start to change your mind after 4 months and you stab or poison the person, this would of course be murder and if you had the person removed from you and he perishes a few moments later, this would be a non invasive breach of NAP. Judith Jarvis Thomson uses this analogy to defend abortion and presents it in a slightly different way. She says if you wake up and an unconscious person is attached to you for the benefit of survival and for nine months, it would be permissible to remove this person. I agree and this would be analogous to rape but where there is consent the argument falls apart. It would also be ethical to keep the person attached if you did not consent but should be within a person’s right to have the attached person removed where there was no consent by the party who is acing as the host. So there are non invasive acts that violate NAP and self-ownership, especially if the person committing these non invasive acts knows they will result in death or serious harm. Either way it’s a noninvasive act of aggression. Abortion is of course a highly invasive violation of NAP whereas eviction of a baby from the womb where the prospects of the baby surviving are extremely low would be considered a non invasive violation of NAP.
I do not support abortion under any circumstances although I do think exceptions can be made in cases of rape and incest where it was out of the woman’s control on whether or not she would be impregnated. I still think the rapist and not the unborn baby should receive the punishment and the mother can put the baby up for adoption. There are many people who say undeveloped fetuses are not humans since they can not reason. I find this to be an absurd point of view since most babies do not have the ability to reason until they are one or two years old, and we have fully developed people that are in vegetative states, and older people who have advanced Alzheimer’s Disease with severely deteriorated cognitive abilities, does this mean we forcibly terminate their lives? Abortion is clearly wrong and a deplorable murderous act and since ninety-nine percent are done out of convenience and for trivial reasons, I do not have to bring up the exceptions for rape as much, it is already implied. Women abort their babies so they can go out and party, and spend more time shopping with their friends, or because they do not want to ruin their bods, or because they wanted a girl and not a boy, amongst other childish, irrational, and inconsequential reasons. I say this is absolutely immoral, vile and wicked, and it clearly violates the non aggression principle.

http://mises.org/library/rejoinder-wisniewski-abortion

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