My Stance on Reproductive Rights

I can’t remember where I saw it, but the most reasonable and coherent position I’ve seen on reproductive rights comes down to a simple concept.

No government, at any level, has the right to compel one person to use the resources of their body to ensure another person’s well-being or even life. Period.

This neatly sidesteps the “personhood” amendments and other attempts at defining abortion as murder. The government has no right (and acknowledges the lack of this right) to compel me to give up my kidney, part of my liver, or my bone marrow to someone in need of one who happens to be a match, even if this is the only way to ensure that person’s life. In the same way, the government has no right to compel me to use my uterus and the other resources of my body to incubate another person for nine months, even to ensure that person’s life.

It may be the morally correct thing to do to donate my kidney, part of my liver, or my bone marrow to someone in need of such because I can live without one of my kidneys and I can regrow or replace liver tissue or bone marrow, but the government acknowledges that it has no right to compel me to donate. There are many organizations utilizing their moral authority to encourage me to donate, and that’s fine. Churches and other groups that want babies to be born for whatever reason have the right to attempt to utilize whatever moral authority they can muster to encourage me to incubate another human in my body for nine months to ensure its life. They just need to stop attempting to legislate a legal authority to compel me to do so.

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