A pregnant person and their physician

This starts out seeming to be a serious and interesting analysis of a familiar slogan:

I’m a philosopher and bioethicist. My research suggests “my body, my choice” was a crucial idea at the time of Roe to emphasize ownership over bodily and health care decisions. But I believe the debate has since moved on – reproductive justice is about more than owning your body and your choice; it is about a right to health care.

I was interested because I got into a brief wrangle on Facebook by saying I’ve always thought the slogan was stupid, because it’s not true. Choices about one’s body are not always solely personal. A couple of men replied to call me stupid with no further argument so I deleted my comment, but I remain interested in what’s wrong with the slogan. But…I hit a bump all too soon.

It makes sense that “my body, my choice” gained steam in the years leading up to Roe v. Wade – a time when reproductive rights activists were fighting for the government to stay out of abortion decisions. Roe did just that by determining that abortion is a private choice between a pregnant person and their physician.

Sigh. So much for the serious analysis, so much for the philosopher and bioethicist. If we can’t even say precisely and accurately what we’re talking about, then what is the point?

We can’t possibly talk about abortion and reproductive rights and the politics around them if we throw a dropcloth over the fact that it’s women’s rights that are at stake. If we pretend it’s undifferentiated “people” who need these rights then we can’t talk about why they’ve been denied them for all these centuries. How a philosopher and bioethicist can think that matters less than pampering the projected wounded feelings of a few deluded women who are pretending to be men is beyond me.

And it clots up her language in the worst way.

As a private matter, the Supreme Court determined that the government cannot interfere with one’s right to an abortion prior to fetal viability.

Not “one’s right” – a woman’s right. As of course she knows, but apparently we’ve now decided that we can’t say that. If we can’t say that we can’t defend women.

The point is self-ownership is not worth much if there are no good or even available options from which to choose. This was true for the laborer in Locke’s day, and it is true for the person seeking abortion care now.

And why? Because that person is a woman, and her rights must be curtailed because she does the human-making.

Laws like mandated waiting periods for those seeking an abortion get enacted without evidence-based medical benefit… Clinic closures force those needing abortions to travel longer distances to find a provider… Accessing care in these states when it is restricted in one’s home state creates additional costs related to travel, child care and lost wages or time off work. Many abortion-seekers must also pay out of pocket for their medical care. For 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has prohibited federal spending on abortion. This impacts those insured through Medicaid…One could argue “my body, my choice” is meaningless if a person cannot enact their choice

All the marked words are replacements for woman or women or her.

This shit really needs to stop.

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