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Letter: Why 'all true libertarians must be pro-life'

I found the self-described libertarian Roland Riemers' defense of abortion to be absurd ("'Pro-life' North Dakotans vote remarkably pro-choice," letter, Page A4, March 25).

I found the self-described libertarian Roland Riemers' defense of abortion to be absurd ("'Pro-life' North Dakotans vote remarkably pro-choice," letter, Page A4, March 25).

The basic premise of libertarianism is that of individual liberty. When one individual kills another (abortion), the action clearly violates the latter's person's liberty.

Riemers should read the Declaration of Independence, especially the part declaring "that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among those are Life, Liberty" and so on.

If one's right to life is not secured by the government, then all other rights are rendered meaningless.

The current debate about Planned Parenthood has to do with the organization's receipt of taxpayer money. The federal government has no authority to take money from one person to give to another for a medical procedure, much less an abortion.

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Riemers also should spend some time studying the writings of the father of the Constitution, James Madison. As Madison said, "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."

Any true libertarian must be pro-life, or they are, in effect, opposed to life and liberty. Any true libertarian must demand of President Trump and the Republicans to immediately defund Planned Parenthood, as the lawmakers have no authority to give the organization our money.

I have found that many (not all) of this generation's libertarians have much more in common with former President Obama than with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

Terry Bjerke

Grand Forks

Bjerke is a former member of the Grand Forks City Council.

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