“My body, my choice” applies to the killing of unborn babies in abortions and nothing else.
Or so NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue seemed to claim Sunday in response to other causes using the same phrase.
A prominent abortion activist, Hogue slammed a woman for using “my body, my choice” to protest the restriction of personal liberties being imposed during the coronavirus crisis.
I do not think it means what you think it means. pic.twitter.com/oASjHzoKsS
— ilyseh (@ilyseh) April 19, 2020
Some state and local governments now require people to wear masks in certain public and work locations. These restrictions and others, including crackdowns on church services and pro-life sidewalk counselors, non-essential businesses and travel, are prompting protests across the country.
Hogue shared the photo of one protester with her sign “My body, my choice” written over the image of a person wearing a face-mask. As Townhall noted, the pro-abortion leader assumed the woman is pro-life when she attacked her for using the pro-abortion phrase.
“Coopting symbols and language from other movements is pretty standard operating procedure for the right wing. They think they will convince unaffiliated people that there’s something hypocritical about our stances or at least put us on defense, but this one’s a reach,” Hogue wrote.
It’s only a “reach” in Hogue’s mind because she is a science denier. It is scientifically well-accepted that a unique, living human being forms at the moment of conception. Even some abortionists will admit, when pressed, that an abortion kills a human being.
Hogue ignored these facts and tried to turn the situation around on pro-life Americans.
“Here’s the lost irony: If their core critique of ‘our body, our choice’ is that it’s not just your body (a claim I reject by the way), they are exposing themselves since the choice to be out jeopardizes literally thousands of lives. They don’t don’t care. Not ‘pro-life,’” she wrote.
But Townhall’s Beth Baumann did not let Hogue get away with her ridiculous claims.
“Might want to look in the mirror a bit, Ilyse,” Baumann responded. “… whereas a face mask could have absolutely no impact on a person catching the coronavirus, we know abortion impacts not one but two lives: both the mother and the unborn child.”
A face-mask may help prevent further spread of the coronavirus, but abortions always destroy unborn babies’ lives. In the United States alone, nearly 1 million unborn babies are killed in abortions each year. Hogue is not interested in saving any of their lives. Quite the opposite.
When abortion activists talk about their “choices” and their bodies, they are not talking about just any personal liberty. They are not advocating for freedom from government interference when it comes to face masks or travel or the ability to provide for oneself and one’s family.
Tellingly, “pro-choice” groups advocate against “choice” for nuns who believe it’s wrong for the government to force them to pay for contraception that may cause abortions. They advocate against the rights of doctors and nurses, midwives and other medical workers to choose not to participate in life-destroying practices. They advocate against the majority of Americans who oppose taxpayer-funded abortions and third-trimester abortions on viable, healthy babies.
When abortion activists like Hogue say “choice,” they do not really mean choice. They mean abortion – the ability to kill a unique, living human being for any reason up to birth.