Her Body My Choice
We live in looney times. First, a bunch of right-wingers shout, “No masks, no vaccines. My body my choice!” Then these same folks crow over a new Texas law that forbids a woman from having a choice over her own body after she is six weeks pregnant.
My body, my choice! Your body, my choice!
Few women even know they’re pregnant until week five, giving them little time to prepare. And if a woman doesn’t reliably menstruate every four weeks she may not know she’s pregnant for several weeks or months. This Texas law forbids an abortion even if a woman was raped or if a little girl was molested, and if giving birth might tear up her small body.
Against killing, they claim.
Yet not masking or vaccinating can kill someone.
And, these same folks are also against plenty of things that preserve life:
- Prenatal care for the poor (which supports live births)
- Food stamps for poor children, the elderly, the disabled and the working poor
- Medicaid, which saves lives
- Obamacare, which saves lives
- Legislation to stop climate change and pollution, generally
- Sensible gun regulations
Meanwhile, laws against abortion don’t stop it. They drive it underground, killing more women and girls who try to do it themselves or go to unlicensed backstreet abortionists.
None of this is at all pro-life.
When I was young I had heard that so-called “pro-lifers” were not really pro-life; instead, their goal was controlling women. That didn’t make sense to me at the time. But clearly most “pro-lifers” aren’t actually pro-life. Meanwhile they work to control women’s bodies (even as they declare they need freedom for their own).
Meanwhile, check out these stats:
Should abortion be legal?
- A Quinnipiac University poll found that 62% of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, 67% agree with Roe v. Wade, and 83% feel abortion should be legal if the girl or woman is a victim of rape or incest.
Should vigilantes receive monetary incentives?
- A Monmouth University poll found that 81% of Americans oppose incentivizing vigilantes with a $10,000 reward (secured by this bill) to accuse anyone who performs an abortion or helps a woman to get one. [Worse, if the accusation turns out to be false the accused must still pay the false accuser’s legal fees. This opens the door for incentivized vigilanteeism of all sorts. What might your neighbor report about you — whether made up or true — to get a monetary reward?! Talk about witch hunts.]
Do Americans approve of the Supreme Court letting the Texas abortion ban + vigilante justice stand?
- A Marquette University Law School poll found approval of the Supreme Court, which is letting the law stand, falling dramatically. And the Supreme Court, having no control over law enforcement or the purse, only has as much power as the people give it.