Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 290–294 | Cite as

Toward a Libertarian Theory of Evictionism

  • Walter E. BlockEmail author
Policy Debate


There are not two but rather three views regarding the issue of abortion. The first two, pro life and pro choice, are well known. The present paper is dedicated to an elucidation of the third, evictionism. In this perspective, the pregnant woman is allowed to evict her unwanted fetus, but, if it is viable outside of the womb, she is not legally permitted, also, to put it to death, as would apply to abortion. In other words, abortion combines two very different acts, eviction and murder, and only the former is licit, under libertarian law.


Abortion Pro life Pro choice Evictionism 



I thank Elizabeth Dolan, and several anonymous referees, for greatly improving this paper. Of course, all remaining errors and infelicities are my own responsibility.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of BusinessLoyola University New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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