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Weinberg, Susan R. Personalised recommendations. Cite article How to cite? ENW EndNote. Women are human beings whose human rights matter. This week, 25 white men in Alabama decided otherwise. Draconian new anti-abortion measures have also won wide margins of approval in Georgia, Ohio, and Missouri. This has been coming for a long time.
Wade ruling upholding abortion access as a constitutional right in the United States. These laws are not about whether a fetus is a person. They are about enshrining maximalist control over the sexual autonomy of women as a foundational principle of conservative rule.
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They are about owning women. They are about women as things. Right now in Ohio, there is an a year-old child who was abducted, raped, and made pregnant. She, too, deserves bodily autonomy.
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She should not have to beg for it just because some religious extremists and Viagra-addled Republican lawmakers are frightened of women who fuck freely and without remorse. The millions of voters who have grown up hearing nothing else are not lying when they say they believe life begins at conception. The question of whether a fetus is a person is conveniently unanswerable.
The question of whether a woman is a person, however, is not up for debate—and it is female personhood, not fetal personhood, that should decide the issue of basic bodily autonomy. The mere fact that an abortion is taking a life—if that is truly what you believe—is not enough to justify jailing little girls for getting one. There are plenty of situations where American law permits one individual to take a life: home invasion, self-defense, membership in the armed forces.
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Now, I happen to believe, along with 58 percent of Americans and most medical professionals, that terminating a pregnancy in its early stages is no more murderous than a biopsy. I happen to believe that a six-week-old fetus with a heartbeat but no limbic brain activity is less sentient than what most Republicans eat for breakfast in any of the constitutionally carnivorous states of the American South.
Even if abortion ends a human life, forcing a woman to give birth against her will is worse. No state should be empowered to do so at the point of a gun, just as no state should be empowered to kidnap a person and drain off pints of their blood so that someone else can get a transfusion.
Now Republicans across the country are gleefully delivering on that promise, because they like power and want to keep it, and because it makes them feel big and tough to confiscate basic human rights from pregnant people. Part of what it means to acknowledge the humanity of women is to treat them as political agents, and not walking wombs with the inconvenient habit of moaning about their personal preferences and material needs. The anti-choice Republican feeding frenzy comes from a deep conservative greed for social control.
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The same thing is happening across Europe—in Poland, in Austria, in Northern Ireland, in every polity where strongmen are elected by a population easily swayed by promises to put women and people of color in their proper place. All three cases are illustrative of the emergence of an era of "fetal dominance," and Daniels critically evaluates them in terms of their impact on women's differential claims to the liberal rights of citizenship and self-sovereignty. While in each case reviewed by Daniels the courts ultimately ruled in women's favour, the cases themselves " In the Carder case, the rights of pregnant women to refuse medical treatment was upheld, the workplace protectionist policy in Johnson Control was unanimously struck down by the Supreme Court, and the conviction of Jennifer Johnson for drug-trafficking was eventually overturned, albeit on a technicality.
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