In the comments section of my post on abortion and libertarianism, reader Brooke Mehr asked about the ramifications of the idea that “government should stay out of the abortion issue”:
[W]ould that mean that the government shouldn’t even regulate abortion if it is legal? No health and safety inspections of abortion facilities. No limits on how late a woman can have an abortion. No laws that say that the “doctors” need to help a baby that survives an abortion or help a woman who is suffering from a botched abortion at their hands. So many problems with this.
As if on cue, Reason Magazine’s A. Barton Hinkle wrote a piece suggesting precisely that, by attacking the concept of ultrasound requirements. Hinkle says it’s inconsistent for politicians like Virginia state delegate Mark Cole to trust people to make informed decisions about concealed firearm carry, but not abortion: