On Friday, conservative pundit Tomi Lahren declared that she is pro-choice, because “I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies.” Libertarian YouTube star Julie Borowski shot down this argument in less than two minutes. (Related: Will Tomi Lahren lose her job?)
“It is not hypocritical for limited government people to be legally pro-life,” Borowski declared. “We do not advocate for a society where people can do whatever they want.”
In her classic sarcastic style, the YouTube star mocked the view that libertarians have to support an anarchic society without any limits on human freedom. “Murder, theft, rape, go for it, liberty!” The libertarian response to this would be “No, these things would still be illegal for good reason.”
Borowski laid out the non-aggression principle: the key question is “is there a victim? With abortion, pro-life people would say yes there is a victim — the fetus. Therefore, it’s not hypocritical to call for laws against abortion.” She scathingly added, “To suggest otherwise means that you either think the fetus is not a victim, or you fundamentally misunderstand the concept of liberty.” Ouch.
“The victim is still in another person’s body, but he or she is still a human being with the right to life — that’s in the Constitution,” the YouTube star explained. “It’s only hypocritical to call for government bans when there are no victims. Drugs and prostitution — I personally don’t like those things, I think they’re disgusting. But people have the liberty to put whatever they want and do God knows what to their own bodies.”
Abortion is not a victim-less crime, and that is Borowski’s point. The YouTube star acknowledged that outlawing abortion would be difficult, but the point of this short video is that Tomi Lahren is incorrect — it is not hypocritical for libertarians to be pro-life. So long as genetics suggests a fetus is a human being (which it does), it might even be hypocritical for a libertarian who champions the right to life to be pro-choice.
Wouldn’t that be ironic!
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