“My Body, My Choice” is a False Slogan Because an Unborn Baby is Not a Woman’s Body

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 22, 2022   |   5:33PM   |   Washington, DC

“My body, my choice” is a slogan abortion activists have used for decades to defend the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

The problem is that it puts one person’s rights, a woman’s bodily autonomy, above the right to life and bodily autonomy of her unborn child.

Now, the faults with the popular slogan and the pro-abortion activists who use it are becoming more clear as others use “my body, my choice” to defend their right to refuse to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Writing at Christian Today, pro-life advocate Christian Hacking said pro-abortion activists are infuriated that “my body, my choice” is being used for something other than supporting the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

“But to whom does the phrase truly belong?” Hacking asked. “On the one hand the bodily autonomy argument insists that control of one’s own body is a sacred right that mustn’t be tampered with or taken away by anyone.”

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He continued:

Yet in a remarkable turning of events, rather than seeing the common ground in the way the phrase is now being used (or even acknowledging the greater sincerity with which it is now being used), proponents of bodily autonomy in regard to abortion but not vaccines, instead insist that control of one’s body must never override the greater good of others.

To put one’s preferences or fears above the lives of others, it is argued, is tantamount to pure selfishness.

The right to intentionally kill unborn babies is reserved, the right to unintentionally pass on a virus, which under exceptionally unlikely circumstances may kill, is lambasted as morally wrong.

In other words, the pro-abortion movement does not apply its beliefs about bodily autonomy equally, and not just with COVID-19 vaccines and abortion, but also with mothers and their unborn babies. Both have bodies, both are unique, living human beings who deserve human rights.

An unborn baby comes into existence inside its mother’s womb through no fault of its own and, most often, as a result of a choice made by the mother and father. From the moment of conception, the unborn child is a unique and irreplaceable living human being with his/her own separate DNA. This child is not a perpetrator but a dependent, an innocent who is wholly relying on their mother to survive before birth and both parents afterward. What’s more, parents have a responsibility to care for their children, and that responsibility begins when the child’s life does.

For the pro-abortion movement, it appears that “my body, my choice” is not really about supporting bodily autonomy for all. It’s about the fictitious “right” to kill an unborn child for any convenient reason.