Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark opposes Alabama’s latest pro-life bill.
In a statement on Facebook, Sarwark said, “The Libertarian Party calls for an end to government persecution and prosecution of the women who choose abortions and of the medical personnel who assist them.”
The committee chair added:
We also call for an end to subsidies, an end to prescription requirements for contraception, and an end to restrictive demographic adoption policies. Those who truly want to reduce abortions should consider that a culture of freedom, persuasion, and real individual choice can accomplish far more than a culture of prohibition and punishment ever has.”
Since Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed House Bill 134 into law, the national debate on abortion has reached ear-piercing levels. This bill bans virtually all abortions, thus making it the strongest pro-life bill in the nation.
Abortion is a contentious issue within libertarian circles.
Renowned libertarians like former Congressman Ron Paul maintain pro-life stances, given their belief that governments exist to protect life from external aggression.
Since the 2016 presidential elections, when the Libertarian Party nominated Gary Johnson and Bill Weld as their presidential ticket, the party has taken a leftward, politically correct turn. This has concerned long-time libertarians and has even caused more traditionalist libertarians like Tom Woods to join the party in their efforts to reform it.
Sarwark’s latest statement only confirms this trend.
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