In his recent blog “I am afraid of this indisputable pro-choice argument”, Matt Walsh responds to an email that claims to blow his Pro-Life position out of the water.
Rachel emailed to him, “If you had the guts or the brains you’d try to respond to the most important abortion rights argument … bodily autonomy or bodily integrity. This means that we have the final jurisdiction over our own bodies. … A fetus must survive on a woman’s body so the woman has a right to withdrawal her consent and her body at any time. This is the pro-choice argument that no anti-choice fanatic … especially one as stubborn and simpleminded as you … could ever possibly dispute.”
Matt responds with ten points that are so logical and clear, I must only refer you to the original. To whet your appetite, here is a quick sample of his snarky wit and his ten talking points:
You’re right. You win. I have no response. I can’t think of any reason why you’re wrong about any of the points you raised.
Well, I can’t think of any reason — except for, like, ten reasons.
- Relationships are relevant.
- Situations are relevant.
- Your own argument defeats itself.
- Natural order matters.
- Withdrawing life support is nothing like actively killing a healthy unborn child.
- You must allow pregnant women to do whatever they please, no matter how it may harm her unborn child.
- You must allow abortion at every stage of development.
- You must allow people to abandon or murder any child that makes unpleasant demands on them.
- You must allow a range of other offensive and dangerous behaviors, like men who want to masturbate in front of chilren at a playground.
- We are not autonomous beings. We live in a complex society that requires us to use our bodies in many ways. If you concede that we ought to be expected or even required to do certain things, then you are placing limits on our bodily autonomy.
If you place limits on our bodily autonomy, then you are admitting that limits can be placed on our bodily autonomy. Personally, I think that abortion goes well beyond the limits on bodily autonomy, for all of the reasons I’ve previously stipulated.
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