• Laurence M. Vance

Is Ron Paul Wrong on Abortion?


Ever since Ron Paul announced that he was seeking the nomination of the Republican Party for president, I have heard some assorted libertarians complain about his stance on abortion. This includes both libertarians who support Dr. Paul and libertarians who oppose him. Although the arguments of both groups differ, they basically end up saying either:

  • I support Ron Paul even though he is wrong on abortion.

  • I don’t support Ron Paul because he is wrong on abortion.

True, there are usually some other issues included as well (like immigration), but Dr. Paul’s opposition to abortion seems particularly to inflame some libertarians — even to the point of stating or implying that he is not a libertarian or that opposition to abortion is anti-libertarian. The question then is a simple one: Is Ron Paul wrong on abortion?


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Laurence M. Vance [send him mail] writes from central Florida. He is the author of The War on Drugs Is a War on Freedom; War, Christianity, and the State: Essays on the Follies of Christian Militarism; War, Empire, and the Military: Essays on the Follies of War and U.S. Foreign Policy; King James, His Bible, and Its Translators, and many other books. His newest books are Free Trade or Protectionism? and The Free Society.

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