Russ White MUG

It’s women, mothers and the kids who are going to save this country if it is salvageable. That is just as true at the state and local levels as it is nationwide.

To see the truth of this, one need look no further than the multitude of reprehensible laws intruding on women’s personal health choices being passed around the country by old, white men. They hope the courts they have stacked will overturn Roe v. Wade once the new laws get to the new SCOTUS. It’s time for women to assert their majority status and remove these dinosaurs from their positions of power in state capitols around this country.

There are multitudinous arguments in the pro-choice/pro-prelife debates. (No one who is really pro-life can hold the social positions of most self-righteous pro-lifers.) I found the following to be one of the more profound I have seen.

I have no clue who wrote it. It came from a social-media blog. It may date back as far as 2013, and it has been shared on several social-media platforms, without attribution to an author. Nail, meet hammer ……….

“Fun Fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, And I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure, no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be illegal to force me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.

“See, we have this concept called ‘bodily autonomy.’ It’s this cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.” (It is the basis of battery laws.)

“Like, we can’t even take lifesaving organs from corpses unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.

“To tell people that they must sacrifice their bodily autonomy for nine months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what some view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy, when the vast majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.

“You are asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.”

— White, a retired fire services chief in South Florida, lives in Orange City. Send email to info@beacononlinenews.com.