Recently, the National Libertarian Party has been taking subtle, yet noticeable attacks on the pro-life community. First, the party’s Facebook page posted the following photo depicting a porcupine saying “That is literally more government!!” as a response to the caption above saying “When they want to prohibit abortion”. The page’s post said “Pro-life or pro-choice, the government has no business being in your business or your healthcare”.
Next, the Libertarian Party had a clever idea to have a funding competition to decide the theme for the 2018 National Convention, which is being held in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is a relatively fun idea used to create a competition for the theme. The problem? One of the themes is again a direct assault on pro-life Libertarians. The theme reads: “Pro Choice on Everything”. It is currently near the top.
The combination between these posts and the bias against the only pro-life Libertarian presidential candidate to run in 2016, Austin Petersen, makes pro-lifers in the party upset. Not only does their platform contradict itself on the issue of abortion, with one part saying “(1) the right to life—accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others” and another saying “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”, but the effort to try to recruit pro-life members is nonexistent.
This is not the result of religious conservatives joining the party. This is the result of a presidential campaign that was aimed to steal Bernie Sanders’ supporters who gave up on the DNC.
Governor Gary Johnson and his running mate Governor William Weld pushed the party further left than it has ever been. With the current direction of the party, it is safe to say the party will lose membership from pro-life members and drive away potential members who are pro-life.
The party had always been mostly pro-choice, but was respectful to its pro-life members. Now, it has turned their backs on them.
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