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Will Congress Stop Forcing Pro-Life Americans to Subsidize Abortion?

Last month marked 44 years since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision declaring a constitutional right to abortion. Roe remains one of the Supreme Court’s most controversial decisions. Even some progressive legal theorists who favor legalized abortion have criticized Roe for judicial overreach and faulty reasoning.

Throughout my medical and political careers, I have opposed abortion. I believe abortion is the killing of an innocent human life and, thus, violates the non-aggression principle that is the basis of libertarianism. Unfortunately many libertarians, including some of my close allies, support legalized abortion. These pro-abortion libertarians make a serious philosophical error that undermines the libertarian cause. If the least accountable branch of government can unilaterally deny protection of the right to life to an entire class of persons, then none of our rights are safe.

While I oppose abortion, I also oppose federal laws imposing a nationwide ban on abortion. The federal government has no authority to legalize, outlaw, regulate, or fund abortion. Instead of further nationalizing abortion, pro-life Americas should advocate legislation ending federal involvement in abortion by restoring authority over abortion to the states.

Congress should also end all taxpayer funding of abortion and repeal Obamacare’s abortion mandates, along with the rest of Obamacare. Forcing pro-life Americans to subsidize what they believe to be murder is, to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, “sinful and tyrannical.” That is why I was glad that one of the first actions of the new House of Representatives was to pass legislation ending all taxpayer support for abortion. Hopefully the bill will soon pass in the Senate and be signed into law by President Trump. Congress should follow this action by passing legislation allowing antiwar taxpayers to opt out of funding the military-industrial complex as well.

The House-passed bill also repeals Obamacare’s mandates forcing private businesses to cover abortion and birth control under their health insurance plans. Of course I oppose these mandates. But, unlike many other opponents of the mandates, I oppose them because they violate the rights of property and contract, not because they violate religious liberty.

Opposing the mandates because they violate the religious liberty of a few, instead of the property rights of all, means implicitly accepting the legitimacy of government mandates as long as special exemptions are granted for certain groups of people from certain groups of mandates.

President Trump has already protected pro-life taxpayers (and unborn children) by reinstating President Reagan’s Mexico City policy. The Mexico City policy forbids US taxpayer money from being used to support any international organization that performs abortions or promotes abortions. Using taxpayer money to perform and promote abortions overseas is not only unconstitutional and immoral, it also increases resentment of the US government. Unfortunately, as shown by the recent Yemen drone strikes, President Trump is unlikely to substantially change our militaristic foreign policy, which is responsible for the deaths of many innocent men, women, and children.

Ending taxpayer support for abortion is an important step toward restoring limited, constitutional government that respects the rights of all. However, those who oppose abortion must recognize that the pro-life cause’s path to victory will not come through politics. Instead, pro-lifers must focus on building a culture of life through continued education and, among other things, support for crisis pregnancy centers. These centers, along with scientific advances like ultrasound, are doing more to end abortion than any politician. Anti-abortion activists must also embrace a consistent ethic of life by opposing foreign policy militarism and the death penalty.

(Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Are you also opposed to forcing Americans to subsidize unnecessary wars including the war on drugs? If so I am with you 100%

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  2. @WorkingClass
    Are you also opposed to forcing Americans to subsidize unnecessary wars including the war on drugs? If so I am with you 100%

    Congress should follow this action by passing legislation allowing antiwar taxpayers to opt out of funding the military-industrial complex as well.

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  3. I suspect getting the taxpayer out of the abortion business will be much easier than getting him
    out of the War and Drug business.

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  4. @WorkingClass
    Are you also opposed to forcing Americans to subsidize unnecessary wars including the war on drugs? If so I am with you 100%

    Yes, Ron has worked to end federal drug prohibition for decades.

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  5. Blacks make up 25% of the population of New York City, yet if NYC were all white, then the murder rate would drop by 91 percent, the robbery rate by 81 percent, and the shootings rate by 97 percent. (The Color of Crime, 2016 ed.) And in NYC, black women had 30% more abortions than live births, a rate 500% higher than whites.

    Are you ready to deal with the unintended consequences–such as lower property values and more assaults–of having more black lives matter? If so, how?

    In short; racialist science is properly not an act of aggression or a cover for oppression of one group over another, but, on the contrary, an operation in defense of private property against assaults by aggressors.
    -Murray Rothbard
    archive.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/ir/Ch5.html

    Abortion should be looked upon, not as ‘murder’ of a living person, but as the expulsion of an unwanted invader from the mother’s body.
    -Murray Rothbard
    The Ethics of Liberty, p. 98

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    • Replies: @jtgw
    What is the source of your first quote? It's not in the text of the link you provided.

    Your problem could also be addressed by making it legal to murder black people. Are you prepared to do what it takes?
  6. @Steel T Post
    Blacks make up 25% of the population of New York City, yet if NYC were all white, then the murder rate would drop by 91 percent, the robbery rate by 81 percent, and the shootings rate by 97 percent. (The Color of Crime, 2016 ed.) And in NYC, black women had 30% more abortions than live births, a rate 500% higher than whites.

    Are you ready to deal with the unintended consequences--such as lower property values and more assaults--of having more black lives matter? If so, how?


    In short; racialist science is properly not an act of aggression or a cover for oppression of one group over another, but, on the contrary, an operation in defense of private property against assaults by aggressors.
    -Murray Rothbard
    archive.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/ir/Ch5.html

    Abortion should be looked upon, not as 'murder' of a living person, but as the expulsion of an unwanted invader from the mother's body.
    -Murray Rothbard
    The Ethics of Liberty, p. 98
     

    What is the source of your first quote? It’s not in the text of the link you provided.

    Your problem could also be addressed by making it legal to murder black people. Are you prepared to do what it takes?

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    • Replies: @Steel T Post
    My apologies, jtgw, Rothbard's first quote is here:
    archive.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/ir/Ch75.html
  7. Yo Paulie, most people don’t care about this stuff, People have better things to worry about than if some lowlife is having an abortion. In fact they should be encouraged to have it.

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    • Replies: @Darin

    Yo Paulie, most people don’t care about this stuff, People have better things to worry about than if some lowlife is having an abortion. In fact they should be encouraged to have it.
     
    But the people who care, care a whole lot. Care so much they were willing to vote and support criminals like GWB and the neocon mob, twice, and be proud of their "morals".

    Ron Paul is rare exception, the most "moral" people of the world, the American "religious right" can be blamed for most what is wrong in the world. Your morals brought us GWB and the Iraq war. Your morals can go to hell.
  8. @Tony
    Yo Paulie, most people don't care about this stuff, People have better things to worry about than if some lowlife is having an abortion. In fact they should be encouraged to have it.

    Yo Paulie, most people don’t care about this stuff, People have better things to worry about than if some lowlife is having an abortion. In fact they should be encouraged to have it.

    But the people who care, care a whole lot. Care so much they were willing to vote and support criminals like GWB and the neocon mob, twice, and be proud of their “morals”.

    Ron Paul is rare exception, the most “moral” people of the world, the American “religious right” can be blamed for most what is wrong in the world. Your morals brought us GWB and the Iraq war. Your morals can go to hell.

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  9. @jtgw
    What is the source of your first quote? It's not in the text of the link you provided.

    Your problem could also be addressed by making it legal to murder black people. Are you prepared to do what it takes?

    My apologies, jtgw, Rothbard’s first quote is here:
    archive.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/ir/Ch75.html

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    • Replies: @jtgw
    Thanks.

    You might be interested to know that Steve Sailer previously addressed, and refuted, the thesis that more abortion leads to less crime.

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/pre-emptive-executions/
  10. @Steel T Post
    My apologies, jtgw, Rothbard's first quote is here:
    archive.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/ir/Ch75.html

    Thanks.

    You might be interested to know that Steve Sailer previously addressed, and refuted, the thesis that more abortion leads to less crime.

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/pre-emptive-executions/

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    • Replies: @Steel T Post
    More blacks, less crime doesn't sound very convincing, but each to his own.
  11. ”50. The conservatives are fools: They whine about the decay of traditional values, yet they enthusiastically support technological progress and economic growth. Apparently it never occurs to them that you can’t make rapid, drastic changes in the technology and the economy of a society without causing rapid changes in all other aspects of the society as well, and that such rapid changes inevitably break down traditional values.” – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/unabomber/manifesto.text.htm

    A similar foolishness Republicans/Conservatives peddle/believe, is around abortion and contraception. Populist Republicans/Trumpists/The Catholic Bannon-Milo Crew want to put a stop to immigration, because they, rightly, say, that Democrats use immigration to import more Democrat voters into the country; but then they turn around and oppose Planned Parenthood and want to ban abortion, etc., when high birth rates among African-Americans and Latino-Americans, who overwhelmingly vote Democrat, has the exact same effect; an increase in the number of Democrat voters. Their policy is probably even worse and more dysgenic, because lower IQ persons usually have more children on average, if they are not provided or cannot afford contraceptives.

    Return on Investment: A Fuller Assessment
    of the Benefits and Cost Savings of the US
    Publicly Funded Family Planning Program

    This investment resulted in net government savings of $13.6 billion
    in 2010, or $7.09 for every public dollar spent.

    https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/pubs/journals/MQ-Frost_1468-0009.12080.pdf

    Fools, indeed.

    http://voxday.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-right-alternative.html?commentPage=2#c7316530469240097151

    The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, signed an executive order this month calling for the full and immediate enforcement of a 2012 law that would give six million women like Ms. Torreras free government-distributed contraception and reproductive health services.

    Mr. Duterte portrayed the order as an antipoverty measure, with an official calling it “pro-life, pro-women, pro-children and pro-economic development.”

    But the order was also Mr. Duterte’s latest jab at the Roman Catholic Church, which wields significant power in the Philippines and has fought for years to keep the law from taking effect.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/refugees-demand-to-be-ruled-by-literally-hitler/#comment-1744912

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    Margaret Sanger Never Said She Wanted to “Exterminate Blacks”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jswvL36w2-M

    Published on Feb 11, 2017

    Hear about the birth control movement from an Alt-Right perspective.

    Lana talks about Margaret Sanger and the true origins of Planned Parenthood, breaking apart the lie that Sanger was a racist, “like the Nazis.” If anything, Margaret Sanger was anti-White.
  12. @FKA Max


    ''50. The conservatives are fools: They whine about the decay of traditional values, yet they enthusiastically support technological progress and economic growth. Apparently it never occurs to them that you can’t make rapid, drastic changes in the technology and the economy of a society without causing rapid changes in all other aspects of the society as well, and that such rapid changes inevitably break down traditional values.'' - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/unabomber/manifesto.text.htm

    A similar foolishness Republicans/Conservatives peddle/believe, is around abortion and contraception. Populist Republicans/Trumpists/The Catholic Bannon-Milo Crew want to put a stop to immigration, because they, rightly, say, that Democrats use immigration to import more Democrat voters into the country; but then they turn around and oppose Planned Parenthood and want to ban abortion, etc., when high birth rates among African-Americans and Latino-Americans, who overwhelmingly vote Democrat, has the exact same effect; an increase in the number of Democrat voters. Their policy is probably even worse and more dysgenic, because lower IQ persons usually have more children on average, if they are not provided or cannot afford contraceptives.

    Return on Investment: A Fuller Assessment
    of the Benefits and Cost Savings of the US
    Publicly Funded Family Planning Program

    ''This investment resulted in net government savings of $13.6 billion
    in 2010, or $7.09 for every public dollar spent.
    ''
     
    - https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/pubs/journals/MQ-Frost_1468-0009.12080.pdf

    Fools, indeed.
     
    - http://voxday.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-right-alternative.html?commentPage=2#c7316530469240097151


    The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, signed an executive order this month calling for the full and immediate enforcement of a 2012 law that would give six million women like Ms. Torreras free government-distributed contraception and reproductive health services.

    Mr. Duterte portrayed the order as an antipoverty measure, with an official calling it “pro-life, pro-women, pro-children and pro-economic development.”

    But the order was also Mr. Duterte’s latest jab at the Roman Catholic Church, which wields significant power in the Philippines and has fought for years to keep the law from taking effect.
     
    - http://www.unz.com/isteve/refugees-demand-to-be-ruled-by-literally-hitler/#comment-1744912

    Margaret Sanger Never Said She Wanted to “Exterminate Blacks”

    Published on Feb 11, 2017

    Hear about the birth control movement from an Alt-Right perspective.

    Lana talks about Margaret Sanger and the true origins of Planned Parenthood, breaking apart the lie that Sanger was a racist, “like the Nazis.” If anything, Margaret Sanger was anti-White.

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  13. @jtgw
    Thanks.

    You might be interested to know that Steve Sailer previously addressed, and refuted, the thesis that more abortion leads to less crime.

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/pre-emptive-executions/

    More blacks, less crime doesn’t sound very convincing, but each to his own.

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  14. @Steel T Post
    More blacks, less crime doesn't sound very convincing, but each to his own.

    Did you read Steve’s article?

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  15. Is the current American prison system capable of taking in several hundred thousand women per year?

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    • Replies: @jtgw
    If we let out all those convicted of possessing or trading drugs, then sure.
  16. @Boris N
    Is the current American prison system capable of taking in several hundred thousand women per year?

    If we let out all those convicted of possessing or trading drugs, then sure.

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  17. Its not the right time for this. If Trump gets bogged down on social issues he will never get the big centerpieces done.

    Unless we get control of our demographic future, abortion is just a footnote.

    Patience.

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  18. Mr. Paul–I salute you!! I’m afraid that I haven’t read your writings to any extent; however, I now find that I’m in complete agreement with you concerning the issues you addressed above!

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  19. will the pro-birthers pay for everything the baby and mother needs after force birth? :P stop making me subsidize your choice. which is a 180k per birth :)

    retards.

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    • Replies: @jtgw
    Traditionally churches were quite willing to care for unwanted children. Just leave it on the porch.
  20. @Astuteobservor II
    will the pro-birthers pay for everything the baby and mother needs after force birth? :P stop making me subsidize your choice. which is a 180k per birth :)

    retards.

    Traditionally churches were quite willing to care for unwanted children. Just leave it on the porch.

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  21. is that still how churches gain some of it’s future followers?

    that aside, how many orphans are in the foster care system? last I checked it was about 400k. and how many single mothers and their unwanted child will be on welfare after forced birth?

    whoever came out with this must have been kicked in the head to be trying to use this for the pro birth stance.

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    • Replies: @jtgw
    What makes you think that abortion, rather than contraception, is society's principal means of birth control? Nobody is saying you should have an unlimited number of children and force taxpayers to support them; we're saying that once the child is conceived, aborting it is murder, just as exposing it on the hillside after birth is murder.
  22. With all due respect…

    Will Congress stop forcing pro-abortion Americans to subsidize all the unwanted children?

    And all their inevitable crime, and all their inevitable future unwanted children, etc., etc.?

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    • Replies: @jtgw
    Actually the correlation between abortion rates and crime rates goes the other way:

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/pre-emptive-executions/
  23. Good luck with that idea.

    Elective abortion-on-demand is one of the nonnegotiable federal entitlements currently enjoyed by queers.

    The US constitution says abortion is a state-people issue, but queers are a federal protected class group, and have numerous and powerful diversity cronies to help them keep it a federal entitlement.

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  24. @Astuteobservor II
    is that still how churches gain some of it's future followers?

    that aside, how many orphans are in the foster care system? last I checked it was about 400k. and how many single mothers and their unwanted child will be on welfare after forced birth?

    whoever came out with this must have been kicked in the head to be trying to use this for the pro birth stance.

    What makes you think that abortion, rather than contraception, is society’s principal means of birth control? Nobody is saying you should have an unlimited number of children and force taxpayers to support them; we’re saying that once the child is conceived, aborting it is murder, just as exposing it on the hillside after birth is murder.

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    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
    if the argument is for contraceptions, I am 1000% for it :P save us all from the retarded drama and a ton of money.

    if the argument is life begins the moment a sperm got into an egg, I will give you the finger :)
  25. @Pat Kittle
    With all due respect…

    Will Congress stop forcing pro-abortion Americans to subsidize all the unwanted children?

    And all their inevitable crime, and all their inevitable future unwanted children, etc., etc.?

    Actually the correlation between abortion rates and crime rates goes the other way:

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/pre-emptive-executions/

    Read More
  26. @jtgw
    What makes you think that abortion, rather than contraception, is society's principal means of birth control? Nobody is saying you should have an unlimited number of children and force taxpayers to support them; we're saying that once the child is conceived, aborting it is murder, just as exposing it on the hillside after birth is murder.

    if the argument is for contraceptions, I am 1000% for it :P save us all from the retarded drama and a ton of money.

    if the argument is life begins the moment a sperm got into an egg, I will give you the finger :)

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    • Replies: @jtgw
    Life doesn't begin at conception because life never ended. Both the sperm and the egg are already alive when they meet.
  27. @Astuteobservor II
    if the argument is for contraceptions, I am 1000% for it :P save us all from the retarded drama and a ton of money.

    if the argument is life begins the moment a sperm got into an egg, I will give you the finger :)

    Life doesn’t begin at conception because life never ended. Both the sperm and the egg are already alive when they meet.

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  28. Obamacare does not need to be fixed any more than USSR needed to be fixed. Ann Coulter explains:

    “Congress can start removing all the bad stuff from the U.S. Code, such as:
    — the requirement that hospitals provide “free” care to anyone who shows up (how about separate health clinics for poor people with the sniffles?);
    — the exemption of insurance companies from the antitrust laws (where all our problems began); and
    — the tax breaks only for employer-provided health insurance (viciously and arbitrarily punishing the self-employed). “

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