I read your link and want you to know that I have been involved in the LP since its inception. The focus of this platform was to follow the Constitution that states clearly that unless a subject is mentioned in the Consitution, the authority is sent to the individual states.
The history of abortions in interesting and the early pioneers in America were told about certain herbs that would bring on women’s periods. Many men were killed during the movement west leaving their wives and children to face the elements of the American west. These women learned from the indians how to stop a pregnancy early enough to guarantee they could again conceive. I spent my childhood reading the journals of my own ancestors as they migrated from Scotland and Wales to the new world.
Survival won the battle and the religious training showed them all that having the already born had to take a position over an unwanted pregnancy. This sounds a bit too deep for you to understand.
When Harry Brown put together the platform for the Libertarian Party he knew that adding any social provision would be against the Constitution. The States have this responsibility.
For years, many states prohibited abortions and like alcohol being banned, it opened up a level of crime that was impossible for any government to stop.
We had a young Romper Room teacher who traveled with her husband to England and was given Thalidomide for her morning sickness. When she got home she read about the hundreds of deformed babies in England that came from this Thalidomide.
She went to the Texas Courts begging for an abortion and they denied her request. She was frantic and ended up flying back to England where they removed a badly damaged fetus from her body.
If a group of Libertarians ban abortions, I have no problem with this but when they try for legislation, they are breaking the 10th Amendment.
Issues like this abortion mess is exactly why the LP will never grow. I was a delegate from Arizona in 2004 and had to walk away due to the discrepencies found in nearly every issue on their platform.
When do you believe life begins? Can you explain your answer for us please?