I don’t want to appear to trivialize the importance of a woman’s right to choose a medically available pregnancy terminating procedure in the event that she needs to do so, but I do need to point out that NONE of us have the right to choose what to do with our own bodies. It’s horrible that a woman can be deprived of her individual liberty when it comes to a major life choice, and that as a result of a lack of options she may be forced to live an entire life that wasn’t her choice, and in some cases, maybe unendurable.
Pregnancy, and having a child, can definitely fuck your life up. So can being thrown in a jail cell and being treated like an animal for weeks before you even get to plead your case, simply because you enjoyed some nature-based tea, or inhaled one of 2,785** illegal substances; with more being criminalized every year, thus increasing the number of potential arrests, (and profit) that can be made. And nobody’s right to be born, or continue to live, is being threatened or even in question.
Every day THOUSANDS of HUMAN BEINGS are punished for MAKING A CHOICE ABOUT THEIR OWN BODIES, by being stripped of their liberties. If you can be stripped of your liberties for making a choice about your own body that impacts ZERO other people, do you really even have any liberty in the first place???
If you think you have rights, you’ll think again if you ever find yourself in this position.
If you are lucky, you can get out of jail quickly enough to keep your job, and by lucky I mean you are able to PAY SOME MONEY TO GET OUT. (Keep in mind that you have not even been found guilty of anything yet.) But if you are unlucky, or poor or have no collateral, they can just decide to keep you there until they get around to proving that you are guilty of either: having fun, relaxing, or being an addict. You might be there for a while. How long? You’ll just have to wait and see. Nobody will tell you and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.
If you are found guilty of having possessed any one of the 3,489** substances on the books as of now, and God help you if you had brought enough for your friends to willingly put in their own bodies too, you face the possibility of being LOCKED IN A CAGE, isolated, and prevented from LIVING YOUR LIFE, for months or even years. As long as you are held captive in a jail cell, you cease to exist, your life is taken from you in a very real sense. All for choosing to put something in your body that someone else doesn’t.
A person in jail has NO AGENCY, no decision making power, no ability to so much as take a shit in private. A person in jail is isolated are treated like an animal. It’s absolutely traumatizing, and suffering this type of trauma DAMAGES PEOPLE. It’s abusive and it abhorrent to do this to people over things that just don’t demand this kind of attention, and drugs are but ONE of many things.
A Hue and a Cry?
To an increasing degree, we see laws are passed with the express purpose of either limiting our options or criminalizing prevalent human behaviors, both of which limit our power and put us under the thumb of Big Brother, and grant the powers that be the authority to make ruinous decisions for us that we would never make for ourselves. In the process, we are being stripped, not only of our right to choose for ourselves, of sovereignty over and within our own bodies but of our very ability to be human beings.
Taking away a woman’s right to make choices for herself is just one way of bringing the jail home to a segment of the population that is less likely to get themselves there. Plus, someone needs to be home to care for the children.
**This figure is an exaggeration to illustrate a point. Here is the DEA’s list of controlled substances. It’s only 17 pages long.