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This is a recorded phone call with potential new Party member Eric – who gave his explicit permission for me to record and distribute.  One of the subjects I discussed was the views of Sharon Presley, the founder of the ALF, who objected to my characterization of her position as a right to abortion until the umbilical cord is cut when she says it is until natural childbirth.  While I think that is a distinction without a difference, I edited that part out and agreed to use her terminology in the future.

Current Libertarian abortion plank:

Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.

My prior article on the topic: http://independentpoliticalreport.com/2015/08/caryn-ann-harlos-abortion-and-the-libertarian-conscience/

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  • Here are 3 questions I’ve been wrestling with for years (and more intensely since I became a dad). At what point does a child become a full-blown self-owner? What duties do parents (or other caregivers) have toward children before that point? Any? Am I committing “aggression” against my infant son when I pin his failing legs down so that I can get his pyjamas on?

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  • “A lot of naive libertarians claim that they have a right to end their lives without thinking a little deeper. One can do a lot of things in private with nobody around as long as nobody is disturbed. But the right to end one’s own life is even more restricted than other private actions. A hero can disrupt one’s suicide with 100% impunity. Nobody can be charged with disrupting another’s right to end own life. Why is this? Think hard. Suicide is the action to end one’s life and most(if not) rights associated with a living person. The right to suicide is an anti-right. Anti-right is NOT a right. This is another logical reason why human beings always try to save life and restore rights to the person being saved.” An individual can/cannot commit suicide. Someone may/may not assist in suicide. Someone may/may not issue a do-not-resuscitate order. An individual can/cannot issue a power of attorney to another to make life & death decisions. The trustee/attorney/decision maker can/cannot decide on suicide for their beneficiary. A parent is/is not the guardian/trustee of their children. A parent can/cannot make life or death decisions for their children. A parent can/cannot make life or death decisions for their children before they are born. The penalty for murder is/is not restitution. A doctor/hospital is/is not required to keep an indignant patient alive on life support. Discuss.

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