Abortion is a “wedge issue” in Utah, and rightly so. We live in the most conservative state in the union and have the highest concentration of LDS members. The LDS Church is very clear on the matter:
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must not submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for an abortion. Church members who encourage an abortion in any way may be subject to Church discipline.
This is a divisive issue even among libertarians. On the one hand, we see it as a matter of personal liberty. What business does the state have with what a woman does with her body? On the other hand, some see the right to life as one of the natural rights that government ought to protect on behalf of those who cannot protect themselves.
I happen to reside in the pro-life camp because I see abortion as an initiation of force and an act of violence against the child. However, I think Utah libertarians would do well to keep an open mind in the matter, so as to prevent atrocities such as the following from occurring:
The girl was raped by her stepfather at the age of 10 and forced to give birth against her will, putting her health and life in jeopardy. This language sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Church leaders have said that some exceptional circumstances may justify an abortion, such as when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. But even these circumstances do not automatically justify an abortion. Those who face such circumstances should consider abortion only after consulting with their local Church leaders and receiving a confirmation through earnest prayer.
We pro-lifers must be very careful concerning the amount of control we give the government over these matters. In places such as these where abortion is flat-out illegal no matter what, the Church’s counsel cannot be followed, the girl’s right to self-defense was violated, and her liberty in this very personal matter was compromised.
After reading this story, I adopted a more wise stance on the issue of abortion and found that, once again, state solutions tend to trample rights more often than protecting them.
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