Discuss Libertarian Perspectives on Abortion: Tuesday, May 21, 2pm-3pm ET


As a political philosophy, libertarianism stresses concepts such as self-ownership, voluntary consent, and non-agression. In many areas of human activity, the application of such ideas seems relatively straightforward. In others, reaching clarity is far more difficult.

On Tuesday, May 21, from 2pm to 3pm in Washington, D.C., Reason will host a discussion tackling one of the most controversial and debated issues of the day: abortion. Among self-identified libertarians, there's a wide variety of positions, ranging from support for all forms of abortions to the prohibition of the same.

"Libertarian Perspectives on Abortion" will be moderated by Reason.com's Nick Gillespie and will feature

  • Katherine Mangu-Ward, Reason magazine's managing editor
  • Mollie Hemingway, editor of Ricochet and a contributor to Christianity Today
  • Ronald Bailey, Reason's science correspondent

The topics discussed will include

  • When does human life—and when do rights—begin?
  • What's the role of science—and religion—in setting abortion policy?
  • Is there a role for the state in prohibiting, regulating, and providing abortion?

A fast-paced 30-minute discussion will be followed by audience Q&A.

Attendance is free but due to limited seating, an RSVP is required.

This event will also be livestreamed online by Reason TV.


What: Libertarian Perspectives on Abortion: A Reason discussion.

When: Tuesday, May, 21, 2pm to 3pm.

Where: Reason's DC HQ, 1747 Connecticut Avenue NW (near S Street, Dupont Circle stop on Red Line Metro)

RSVP: events@reason.com