Life is an unalienable right. Often the baby’s unalienable right to life conflicts with the rights of the mother. The baby’s unalienable right to life narrowly preempts the other rights of the mother, but this is not to minimize the ordeal she faces.

     Too many voters overlook the burdens that governments impose on mothers. Orthodox libertarian extremists need to prioritize the elimination of these burdens. For example, somebody wanting to open a maternity home would immediately face local zoning boards. Government-funded colleges don’t schedule classes with unplanned pregnancies in mind. While the young mother tries to pay the rent, that cost is inflated by zoning restrictions whilst her net income is reduced by taxes.

     Mothers who are not yet ready to raise their babies need the option of shared parenting, where volunteers take care of the baby when she cannot, until she is ready to take full charge of her kid.

Papa, Don’t Preach

     A pregnant girl may face a situation where her parents say, “In this house, you will do as you are told! What did you think you were going to do, disgrace this family with an illegitimate child, and raise a baby here in our house? Oh, no you won’t!”

     Congress needs to make the District of Columbia a safe haven for pregnant runaways. The law against transporting her across State lines must be amended to contain that exception.

     If somebody transports a pregnant runaway to the District of Columbia and faces a kidnapping charge in her State, what should be done when an extradition demand is made from that State?

     Article IV §2 of the United States Constitution is clear:
A person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.

     Conveniently it makes no mention of the District of Columbia, which is not a State.