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Here's what Judge Napolitano had to say

in an interview from November 2011 with ReasonTV.

Nick Gillespie asks:

"Let's talk about some of the dicier issues, or ones that separate libertarians among themselves. In your book, you talk about the right to own your own body, but then you're also very pro-life - you're anti-abortion. So, where does the right to own your own body stop, and where does the right to the infant or the fetus or the potential human life begin?"

Judge Napolitano answers:

"I believe - and it is a question of science and it is a question of faith - that a fertilised egg is a human being. It is the by-product of copulation by two human beings (I'm not talking about some scientist and a petri dish, now) and it has a full human genome: and I accept that as a definition.

"Stated differently, it has all the chemical and biological make-up necessary to become human with the [potential] to become a person as we understand it - a post-natal person with nourishment."

Nick Gillespie seeks to clarify:

"Now that's a fertilised egg that has been implanted in the uterine wall, not just simply a fertilised egg?"

Judge Napolitano continues:

"Correct. If we can't draw the line there, there is no intellectually acceptable place to draw the line other than 'the convenience of the mother'.

"So when I say, 'You have the right to own your own body,' the fetus is not your body. People say, 'It is easy for you to say that because you're not a woman' - I am obviously not a woman - but I say it because of my fidelity to some basic libertarian virtues: the primacy of the individual; the individual is greater than the state; [and] the state cannot, without the greatest violation of moral law, authorise one human being to take the life of another."

The full video (OP is somewhere on this site):

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.