The Center for Disease control is a federal government bureaucracy, yet 90% of poll respondents do not want it privatized. Why? Planned Parenthood allows women to exercise individual rights, yet also offers the same service as the CDC: protecting US residents from a biological health hazard that population biology studies of the past and mathematical models into the future both identify as catastrophic.
The political argument for defunding PP is at best an argument for making it into another government bureaucracy surrounded by armed guards with orders to shoot Rapture fanatics and lynch mobs. In a heavily-mixed economy our priority ought to be to attract votes to back a platform for reducing coercion of individuals. Alienating the rights of half the voters–while reducing the life expectancy of the entire population–to please a tiny band of superstitious bigots is the job of other political parties, not the LP.
The Democratic Party platform for 1916 stated “We favor a thorough reconsideration of the means and methods by which the Federal Government handles questions of public health to the end that human life may be conserved by the elimination of loathsome disease, the improvement of sanitation and the diffusion of a knowledge of disease prevention. ” This was an elegant slap to the face of prohibitionists, who in my parents’ day banned condoms and diaphragms, defunded health inspection of prostitutes near military bases, and brutally censored all mention of the sexually transmitted diseases they themselves incubated. It was too early then to talk of abortion. Besides, the world’s population was way less than 2 billion in 1916.
Today that same party is expected to win, and its voters are promised, in addition to socialism and taxes, that: “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way. We also recognize that health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. We strongly and unequivocally support a woman’s decision to have a child by providing affordable health care and ensuring the availability of and access to programs that help women during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, including caring adoption programs.”
The Tea Party and the Christian Conservative party are both spinoffs of the murderous Prohibition Party–policies of which caused the Great Depression and made even Communism appear attractive as an alternative. Their tool since 1928 has been the GOP, which still copies its platform from the Prohibition Party: “Thus, we oppose abortion…” and rewords it in the 2012 GOP platform: “We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage.”
Observe that the GOP faithful understands perfectly well that the Constitution does not prohibit but rather protects the individual right of every woman–“All persons born”–to control her own reproduction. God’s Own Party prohibitory policies are everywhere repudiated–everywhere except in mohammedan theocracies. Libertarian Party members understand these things, and that this prohibitionist amendment to the Constitution would require another 2/3 vote in Congress, hence can safely be ignored.
Still, the Libertarian Platform Committee has again been infiltrated, this time with a destructive agenda to produce this 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.” Any woman who reads that cowardly straddle can conclude that the Libertarian Party–like the Tea Party, Christian Conservative Party and Republican Party–is another death-rattle spinoff of the dying Prohibition and National Socialist parties of the 1920s. The 2012 Libertarian plank on abortion is a suicide vest.
Observe that the appeal to superstition as justification for the force of law is copied from a 1991 George H.W. Bush harangue to prosecutors urging violation of individual rights and due process, to wit: “We need a crime bill that will stop the endless frivolous appeals that clog our habeas corpus system. One that guarantees that criminals who use serious weapons faced serious time, and one that ensures that evidence gathered by good cops acting in good faith is not barred by technicalities that let bad people go free.”
Naked before you is the National Socialist conception of “bad people,” this time calling for Christian Socialist legislation to force women to reproduce against their will, die of sepsis, or be robbed by a price-gouging medical cartel with competition-free salaries the highest of any profession. That zombie ideology now stands poised to selectively kill and impoverish pregnant females, thanks to the Republicans and Democrats. Yet that is what the Libertarian party platform committee was tricked into imitating in its platform for 2014.
No abortion plank was included in the 1972 LP Platform. By 1974 the Supreme Court had mooted the issue entirely, just as the draft was also repealed out of fear that it would drive voters to vote Libertarian. The Republican Party is toppling because it has been propped up since 1932 by hatred of the Soviet Communist Empire. Now that that threat is happily gone, the elephant is toppling over. The LP should replace the monster, not be crushed under the weight of the hapless beast’s baggage.