Babies, Body Rights and Big Brother

Thoughts on the US Abortion Ruling

Personal Disclaimer

First to say, I have never knowingly been pregnant, and I was born to married, religious parents, so there was never a question that abortion might take my life or the life of my hypothetical child.

A Conflict of Two Inalienable Rights

At the risk of stating the obvious, the reason this is such a challenging issue is that, as the World Population Review succinctly puts it:

Impact on the Poor

As usual, those who suffer the most will be those who always suffer the most — the poor. It will be the ones who can’t afford to travel to another state, or take the time off from work. At the risk of falling into stereotypes, I’m guessing these will be the women who can least afford to raise another child, and/or are most at risk of being impregnated by an abusive, absent, or otherwise unsupportive or inappropriate partner.

The Thin End of the Wedge?

According to the BBC, “Justice Clarence Thomas, in his opinion, wrote: “In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell” — referencing three landmark decisions of the past on the right to contraception, the repeal of anti-sodomy laws, and the legalisation of same-sex marriage respectively.”

Is Big Brother Watching You?

American women are deleting their period-tracking apps because of fears they could be used as evidence against them in abortion-related criminal prosecutions. Big Brother is here, although he may be living in Silicon Valley more than he lives in the West Wing.

Every Sperm is Sacred — or is it?

(That’s a Monty Python reference, in case you didn’t know.)

Conclusion

I don’t actually have a conclusion, but I am concluding this piece, so this is a conclusion in that sense. I have far more questions than answers, including:

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Roz Savage

Former management consultant who stepped out of the ordinary to row oceans solo. Currently writing and podcasting at www.rozsavage.com