Libertarians are not anarchists - they believe that the government exists to defend our rights. Including our rights to life, liberty, and property. The real question in the abortion topic, then, is not whether or not it is right for government to constrain a womans (or anyones') choice - but when it is appropriate to do so. I would constrain, for example, a woman's choice to steal from me, or a mans' choice to rape my wife, and still be completely within the boundaries of libertarian principles because I am then using government to protect my right to property, my wifes' right to ownership of her own body, etc. So, if an unborn child is not a child, then the libertarian must (if he or she is to be true to their principles) accept that government does not have any right to interfere with the womans' freedom of action. But if an unborn child is a child, then the libertarian must require that government defend its' right to life, and constrain the choices of those who would abuse those rights. Ron and Rand Paul, for example, are two notable Libertarian leaders who hold this position.
As for those who try to split the baby, and say that they are personally against abortion, but not against it's banning - that is (imo) an untenable position. It's like saying (from the perspective that an unborn child is a child) that you are personally against slavery or child-rape, but don't think that the government should have a hand in reducing that kind of behavior.
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“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
You don't speak for all libertarians. Defining when life begins and when it doesn't isn't an inherent feature of libertarianism. You've taken the single most debated topic in the Libertarian community and declared your view as the only valid one.
We know what the current legal situation is, but that's not the debate. The debate is what the legal situation SHOULD be.
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"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
If that liberterian proves that abortion is murder - yes.
Bi, Poly, Switch. I'm not indecisive, I'm greedy!
I also never suggested that someone who is anti-abortion shouldn't protest, picket, etc. I also never said that I would tell you that your position is wrong.