Bodily autonomy

A: Yes, women should certainly be able to decide what to do with their own bodies! If a woman wants to have knee surgery or get a tattoo, she should be able to choose those things for herself. But what if she wants to make a decision that affects another person's body? Would it be ok for me to give my sister a giant neck tattoo of Danny DeVito's face without her consent? Of course not! My sister is a human being, so she has a right to bodily autonomy.

But hold on, what about MY right to bodily autonomy? Why can't I make decisions about what to do with my body, including using my body to give my sister an unwanted tattoo or punch my brother in the face? The answer is that my right to bodily autonomy ends where someone else's begins. I cannot make a choice to exercise bodily autonomy if that choice will violate the safety of another person.

There's nothing wrong with abortion IF the fetus is not human. If the unborn are not human, abortion is analogous to pulling a tooth or having an appendectomy. However, if the fetus is indeed human, then abortion is wrong because it is the intentional killing of an innocent human being. We know from the science of embryology that, from the moment of fertilization, the unborn are distinct, living, and whole human beings with their own complete sets of DNA. Since every member of the human family deserves the right to not be killed, and we see from science that the unborn are human beings, abortion is wrong. My right to bodily autonomy is never more important than another human being's right to life.

I hope you enjoyed the second episode of Kit's Corner! If you'd like to discuss this question further, or if you have other questions that you'd like me to write about, I'd love to hear from you! Thanks for reading!

Love, Kit

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