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The Philosophic Case for the Absolute Right to Abortion

Ayn Rand Institute resources offer a consistent intellectual case for a woman’s right to abortion.

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For many years, the Ayn Rand Institute has led the world in offering rational philosophic support for a woman’s right to abortion. Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, the Objectivist perspective on that crucial issue is needed more than ever. This article gathers the available resources in one place, to help defenders of individual rights understand the philosophic errors that led to Roe’s demise. That’s the first step toward reaching a day when the Supreme Court can uphold the right to abortion on proper grounds for the first time.

Ayn Rand and Leonard Peikoff:

“Abortion” (entry in The Ayn Rand Lexicon)

“Ayn Rand’s Radical Views on Abortion” (article by Ben Bayer in New Ideal)

“Abortion Rights Are Pro-Life” (article by Leonard Peikoff in New Ideal)

Ben Bayer:

Why the Right to Abortion Is Sacrosanct (book available on Amazon)

“Abortion Allows Women to Protect What’s Sacred about Life”

“Science without Philosophy Can’t Resolve the Abortion Debate”

“Abortion Should Be Legal until Birth”

“The Dark Roots of the Texas Abortion Ban’s Vigilantism”

“Abortion Defenders Are Losing the Moral High Ground”

Agustina Vergara Cid:

“The Pursuit of Happiness Includes the Right to Abortion”


“Roe v. Wade: Forty Years Later” (podcast featuring Onkar Ghate and Tom Bowden)

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Tom Bowden

Tom Bowden, JD and former civil litigator, is a research fellow and publishing manager at the Ayn Rand Institute. He is also a coeditor of Illuminating Ayn Rand (2022) and a contributing editor of New Ideal.

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