WHEREAS, the Supreme Court of the United States has decided that the
issue of abortion is to be addressed by the states, and not by the
WHEREAS, states may enact conflicting laws reflecting a significant difference of opinion concerning the individual rights of the unborn child versus the individual rights of the mother.
Libertarian Party Platform, section 3.0 states in part: “The only
proper purpose of government, should it exist, is the protection of
WHEREAS, these conflicting laws, where constrained to the protection of individual rights, are still consistent with the Libertarian Party Statement of Principles and Platform.
Libertarian Party Platform, section 1.0 states in part: “Our
support of an individual’s right to make choices in life does not
mean that we necessarily approve or disapprove of those
WHEREAS, the Libertarian Party Platform, section 3.4, states in part: “Political freedom and escape from tyranny demand that individuals not be unreasonably constrained by government in the crossing of political boundaries.”
WHEREAS, the Ninth Amendment of the United States Constitution states: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”; now therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the Libertarian National Committee declares that individuals have the freedom to travel between the states and territories of the United States, and
RESOLVED, that the Libertarian National Committee declares that no individual should be punished for traveling to a different state to acquire goods or services to perform an abortion in a state where said purchase is legal, and
RESOLVED, that the Libertarian National Committee:
1. Calls upon the United States Congress to enact legislation protecting the right of a female to cross state lines to obtain abortion-related goods or services without fear of retribution from their state of residence.
2. Calls upon the United States Congress to enact legislation protecting the right of medical professionals, medical device manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies producing drugs related to abortion to provide those goods or services in a state where it is legal to do so from being prosecuted by another state for providing said good or service.
3. Calls upon the President of the United States to enact an executive order instructing the Department of Justice to refuse to extradite any person for prosecution to any state for obtaining or performing an abortion or abortifacient in a state for which such purchase is legal.