Why libertarians should applaud the SCOTUS ruling against Texas abortion regulations

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June 29, 2016
The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O'Brien  
Posted in Commentary

"I found this case particularly clear cut as a libertarian -- this was an obvious case of over-regulation, which caused more than half of the clinics in Texas to close. If any other industry faced this sort of punitive regulation, conservatives would have been up in arms, but since it was the abortion industry, many were perfectly fine with the law. The result of this law meant 10 abortion-capable clinics would exist in Texas to serve the 5.4 million women of childbearing age. Abortions, of course, are sometimes medically necessary, and this would literally put women's lives at risk, as well as creating undue burden on the right to abortion." (06/28/16)


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  • dL

    obviously i support abortion rights, i support this decision, but i won’t applaud “liberty for this but not for that.” Also, just looking at the protests in the image from that article, much different from the 90s “keep your laws off my body.” Now it’s “Prioritize women’s health,” “Protect them both…” Hell, the later sign looks it could have been copped from a pro-life rally. Much more conservative. Looks like a damn elizabeth warren rally now. shame…

    • My view, btw and as we’ve discussed in a different thread, is not that I oppose the decision. It’s that I recognize that the litigation and the decision aren’t about concern for abortion rights, they’re about industry special pleading DISGUISED as concern for abortion rights (and women’s health, and access, and other buzzwords), the purpose of said disguise being to cheaply mobilize people who care about abortion rights as mass lobbyists for the industry.

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