The Importance of a Candidate's Views on Abortion
Radio Q&A: Sunday, 22 July 2012, Question 4
I answered a question on the importance of a candidate's views on abortion on Philosophy in Action Radio on 22 July 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
How important are a political candidate's views on abortion? Why should we be worried about a political candidate's bad views on abortion if their views on other issues like economics are generally good? After all, as US President, Mitt Romney couldn't outlaw abortion even if he wanted to. But a good or bad President could have a tremendous good or bad effect on our economic liberties. Conversely, President Obama wants to keep abortion legal but that positive pales in significance to his terrible negative views on economics. Shouldn't a candidate's views on economics be more important at present than their views on abortion?
My Answer, In Brief: Rights are a unity, and economic liberty is not more important to human life and happiness than personal liberty. Today, all rights are under attack and in need of a solid defense.
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