Tuesday, October 21, 2014

If it's not your body it's not your decision

I saw a bumpersticker declaring this on a car in a parking lot today. Presumably, this bumper sticker was meant to make an argument in favor of abortion rights. But it is a very shallow argument: all anti-abortion folks have to do to refute it is to note that the fetus's body is not the mother's body.

I don' for a moment pretend this post has definitively resolved this issue: I am merely noting a very bad argument for abortion rights.

4 comments:

  1. Maybe it was an anti-abortion sticker, countering "my body my choice" with the contention the fetus isn't "your body" but its own?

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    1. Well, just so, Ken. But at a SUNY branch, there is very little chance it is such.

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  2. I find myself largely in agreement with this line of thinking, so I'm not sure it's as shallow an argument as you think. Just so you know, I stick the Supreme Court's trimester decision.

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    1. Well, that's a bulletproof rebuttal if ever I've read one.

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