Tomi Lahren, the outspoken pundit for TheBlaze, usually has Republicans cheering. However, a comment she made during an appearance on “The View” this week has had exactly the opposite effect.
During the interview, Lahren came out as pro-abortion, saying she feels it fits in with her conservative philosophy.
“I am someone that loves the Constitution. I am someone that is for limited government,” Lahren said. “So I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies.
“Stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”
Here’s a video of the encounter:
The comment immediately sparked a strong reaction from conservatives on social media, many of whom derided Lahren’s logic.
If Tomi Lahren claims to be a constitutionalist and pro choice then she should not forget this quote from Thomas Jefferson. pic.twitter.com/iKQ0RLkyVN
— Rachel Farmer (@rachelfarm04) March 18, 2017
When someone pretends to be a Constitutionalist but doesn’t know what they’re talking about…. @TomiLahren
— Mark Romano (@TheMarkRomano) March 17, 2017
Indeed, the idea that opposition to abortion is incompatible with small-government constitutional conservatism is really a rather facile one, and one I thought Lahren was smart enough to avoid.
In fact, one of the key tenets of the conservative movement is the harm principle, introduced by English philosopher John Stuart Mill in his 1859 work “On Liberty.” The harm principle states that “(t)he only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.”
A fetus in the womb is, of course, a different person from the mother. Therefore, the government has a legitimate interest in stepping in to stop abortion if it believes the baby that the mother is carrying is an individual.
A more modern version of this principle is enumerated in economist Walter E. Williams’ principle of self-ownership, which states that each individual owns himself or herself, and that any aggression against them is an aggression against private property.
We do like Tomi Lahren, and as an American, she’s certainly entitled to her opinion, however wrong we may believe it to be. However, to paint it as conservatism is simply false.
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