Abortion and Suicide

February 19, 2012

Sudden thought: If “pro-choice” people think we have no right to use the government to force them not to have abortions—privacy, bodily integrity, “keep your laws off my body”, etc.—shouldn’t they be even more opposed to the laws against suicide? If it’s intrusive for the government to claim authority over the woman’s middle parts for nine months, surely it’s even more intrusive to claim authority over her entire body for the rest of her life?

Of course I also agree that the arguments about rights, bodily integrity, etc. apply to the fetus as much as to the woman, and so the pro-choice position is arguably untenable anyway. But why have I never heard the pro-choice crowd agitating for the right to suicide?

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