Control Over Their Bodies is Not Why Women Say They Get Abortions
We somehow don’t seem to remember that they had the choice when they got pregnant.
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We hear a lot about bodily rights during the abortion debate. Moving beyond the abortion debate to society in general, I think it’s clear that bodily rights are fundamental. It seems most other pro-lifers think it’s clear too. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a pro-lifer that says they’d be fine with laws forcing drivers to donate blood to people they hit with their cars, or even requiring parents to donate kidneys to their sick children.
Yet when we are discussing abortion, it seems to me a lot of pro-lifers tend to avoid the bodily rights argument. They brush off the “my body my choice” assertion as a cop out, a cover up for less noble justifications. I’ve seen many pro-lifers respond to the bodily rights argument with disgust or bewilderment, claiming it’s a bunch of mental gymnastics, a twisted, desperate attempt to justify a horrible act. After denouncing bodily rights as a red herring, they see no reason to consider or discuss it.
Of course this doesn’t apply to the entire pro-life movement; there are plenty of pro-lifers who try to explore the moral distinctions between pregnancy and allegedly analogous situations. Still, in my experience it seems too many pro-lifers haven’t seriously considered–and in some cases refuse to consider–how much bodily rights do play into the abortion debate. Sometimes I’m surprised by this, because the issue of bodily rights weighs heavily in my consideration of my abortion stance.