If there were such a thing as a rank-and-file libertarian, he would probably be pro-choice. However, the most famous libertarian Republican, Ron Paul, and his presidential candidate son Rand are both pro-life. The anti-abortion community is more likely religious and conservative, but there are libertarian arguments about the unborn being citizens with rights.
I’ve spent a lot of time this week listening to podcasts. Not surprisingly, any liberal leaning person had remarkably similar views and anecdotes, even from comedians. These people are supposed to have unique takes on things. I heard the same argument for progressivism and against conservatism I’ve heard since Bush 41 was in office.
“Republicans love fetuses and want every woman to give birth, but then they don’t want to support them. They cut taxes and programs and welfare and Head Start.” The list goes on.
Before I begin my point about why that is stupid, I will preface with a joke.
A Jewish grandmother is watching her grandchild playing on the beach when a huge wave comes and takes him out to sea. She pleads, “please God, save my only grandson. I beg of you, bring him back.” And a big wave comes and washes the boy back onto the beach, good as new. She looks up to heaven and says: “He had a hat!”
If America became a socialist utopia like Europe where everyone was coddled cradle to grave, would liberals suddenly believe all lives should be brought into such a wonderful paradise and ban abortion? Hell no. Argument defeated.
As to the other point, a person does not need a government check to survive. Frankly, the data on Head Start doesn’t even show that program helps anyway. A person does need to not be dead to survive. Should the grandson in the joke die because he doesn’t have a hat?
The government is vital in making sure people are not killed. It’s why we have police and laws and jails. When that doesn’t exist, there is chaos. They have a legitimate interest in protecting human life. However, social programs mostly serve as a lifetime subsistence program. It’s also getting impossible to tell who benefits from such things. You can always tell who benefits from not being dead.