With the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court, establishment liberals have taken to the streets — once again proclaiming "My Body My Choice." This mantra is a powerful rally cry for those who wish to maintain bodily autonomy and anyone who seeks to remove this control over one's body is an enemy to freedom. That being said, however, many of those repeating this mantra clearly do not believe in it.
Despite what many of the protesters are claiming, the court's ruling did not ban abortion but rather ruled that abortion is not explicitly guaranteed by the Constitution and therefore, it is up to the states to allow it or not. This is certainly debatable as the 9th Amendment states that even though rights are not specifically enumerated in the Constitution, they are still "retained by the people."
But this conversation isn't happening. Instead, vitriol, hatred, hyperbole, and even violence are rolling out in response to the recent ruling.
Before going any further, it is important to point out that abortion is an unfortunate reality, and society is slowly figuring out how to deal with it. But, the more the state attempts to interject their bias into this reality, the more skewed the situation becomes. Case in point: asking your rapist for permission to not have his baby or people singing about and celebrating the fact that they have had multiple abortions.
Unfortunately, many people allow emotion to rule their logic and end up holding beliefs which are entirely contradictory and those chanting "My Body My Choice" in the streets are unwitting hypocrites for not holding this phrase as entirely self-evident.
For example, since the covid vaccine was approved by the FDA, many of the same folks who support a woman's right to choose, were completely resolute with taking away that right to choose when it came to taking the jab. The cognitive dissonance is rife and as the following video illustrates, when confronted with this contradiction, there is no way to defend it.
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Many of the same people who claimed you had no autonomy over your body and demanded that you be shunned, refused medical care, fired, jailed, and even killed for refusing this shot, are suddenly back to the position of "My Body, My Choice." Logic, reason, and moral consistency be damned.
It's not just vaccines either. Many folks who support "My Body My Choice" when it comes to abortion and even vaccines — hypocritically dismiss it when it comes to the war on drugs.
If you support a woman's right to an abortion, you are a hypocrite if you do not support the legalization of all substances. "My Body, My Choice" does not stop at the termination of a pregnancy. Conversely, if you support the right to informed consent, and stand against forced vaccination or required medical procedures, you are a hypocrite if you do not support the legalization of all substances. Forcing someone to take a vaccine is not much different in degree than forcing someone to not ingest a substance.
The sooner we understand these basic ideas, the sooner we can focus on harm reduction, addiction treatment, safer substances, and end this violent and vicious cycle of prohibition.
The fact of the matter is a society that treats the potential for life as disposable is a society in a crisis of conscience, and in need of self-reflection. However, the state's involvement in the matter has only served to complicate the issue, prolong suffering, and serve as a massive distraction by keeping the masses fighting amongst each other.
While the left and the right devolve into hate-filled calls for death over their stance on abortion, the powers that be are likely laughing all the way to the bank. Perpetual war continues as inflation skyrockets and the economy slowly implodes — and most people remain oblivious whilst arguing over these divisive topics.