What is ‘reproductive rights’?


What is this thing called ‘reproductive rights’? Sure, if you’re a liberal everything you want but can’t have for whatever reason is a violation of your rights. However, setting aside the other human being involved, I can’t think of an analogue to this oft-repeated claim, which is that denying someone the right to destroy the child in utero is a denial of one’s reproductive rights.

Ostensibly, a reproductive right is nothing more or less than the capacity to start a family with a spouse. In other words, it’s something you share with the other sex, and it’s something that can only be enjoyed with another person of the opposite sex. So, it’s not something unique to women. Further, if it is such a right then the corollary is that no other person is, prima facie, justified in frustrating your power to start a family with another person of the opposite sex. In other words, anything that interferes with procreation would count as a violation. From this stand point, forced contraception to sterilization, or forced separation, would count as interference with your ‘reproductive right’.

Now, lets look at the potential analogue to this, say, by reference to health. Health of the body is a good not a right, but we have rights to undertake measures to maintain or improve our health. These rights would include things like visiting a doctor, to engage in regular exercise, to obtaining food and drink, and the like. The idea is that nothing, prima facie, should frustrate our endeavour to maintain good health.

So what could possibly be the analogue in the example of health to the right to destroy the child in utero, which seems like a right to reverse the actual good that the rights associated with reproduction are aimed at, which is actually producing (and caring) for children. It would appear to be a right to sabotage our own good health. Now, we may certainly be free to do so, but do we really have a right to such a thing? Can we demand a doctor give us poor medical advice, poison us, and the like? I don’t think so.

It’s clear, then, that the claim that abortion constitutes a ‘reproductive right’ is absurd. Whatever is being asserted by its use is neither a right, nor is it ‘reproductive’.


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Zipster
Zipster
July 5, 2022 5:16 pm

the left is busy harnessing the infinite selfishness of the modern wyminsis for political gain

JC
JC
July 5, 2022 5:29 pm

For a redhead she’s a pretty decent looker. Give her a pass and ignore the tantrum.

Jannie
Jannie
July 5, 2022 5:53 pm

To characterise the killing an unborn foetus as somehow “reproductive” is truly Orwellian.

WAR IS PEACE, SLAVERY IS FREEDOM, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

calli
calli
July 5, 2022 5:53 pm

The only sensible answer is either a Patent or a license agreement with the Patent holder.

There might be a metaphysical angle to this, so I’ll leave that to the deep thinkers.

calli
calli
July 5, 2022 5:57 pm

I rather like Jessica Chastain. She brings a fragile, vulnerable aura to her roles – something quite difficult to achieve and valuable to directors.

If only she’d stick to play acting. She’s good at that.

Jannie
Jannie
July 5, 2022 6:02 pm

Um, duh stupid. Yeah all foetuses (foeti?) are unborn. Should be unborn child or just plain foetus.

duncanm
duncanm
July 5, 2022 6:05 pm

Its exactly the opposite of what it sounds like.

Cassie of Sydney
July 5, 2022 7:13 pm

I think the great Sir Anthony Hopkins said it best when he said..

““Actors Are Pretty Stupid. My Opinion Is Not Worth Anything”

Quite so Sir Anthony.

There is nothing worse than hearing actors opine on matters they shouldn’t.

Cassie of Sydney
July 5, 2022 7:15 pm

Does Ms Chastain support those who want “vaccination rights”?

Luzu
July 5, 2022 8:04 pm

I’m on FB currently speaking with someone who thought “If you’re opposed to abortion, don’t have one” was a winner.

My response: “If you’re opposed to slavery, don’t own one. See how that works?”

In both cases, people who will never be subjected to the conditions of slavery or abortion are the most ardent supporters. Funny that. I guess it’s really easy to ignore the plight of our fellow human beings when convenient.

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
July 5, 2022 9:22 pm

As someone who is more flexible than is probably justified on such a thing, this is the worst argument ever.

It implies that men must be fertile and available at the whim of any woman, for otherwise is an obvious violation of such a claimed right.

Likewise, beer rights imply that beer must be produced just on the off chance that I want it, and anyone not prepared to ferment is a bigot and violator of human rights.

Even I know it’s dumb.

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
July 5, 2022 9:25 pm

For a redhead she’s a pretty decent looker. Give her a pass and ignore the tantrum.

Well, I’d roger her.

But only because I’ve had a vasectomy.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
July 5, 2022 9:29 pm

Dover,
Have you ever heard of the concept of negative rights and did you ever consider whether abortion was an example of it?

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
July 5, 2022 9:31 pm

Cassie of Sydneysays:
July 5, 2022 at 7:15 pm
Does Ms Chastain support those who want “vaccination rights”?

Cassie, you’re being ridiculous ?

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
July 5, 2022 9:32 pm

? is redundant, if course. Valid question, Cassie, but you know the answer.

billie
billie
July 5, 2022 10:03 pm

Someone who does dress up and make believe for a living

Is not someone whose life advice or opinions hold any weight to me

Harsh but there you go

Tom
Tom
July 6, 2022 3:29 am

Expecting a liberal female to be honest about something as life-changing as reproduction is a lost cause. For a start, liberals hate themselves and are extremely neurotic.

Oh, she’s an actress, you say, and pretends to be someone else for a living?

Well, double the neurosis.

In all the turmoil, it’s a miracle she remembers to breathe.

Anchor What
Anchor What
July 6, 2022 6:59 am

Speaking of rights, we are about to be told that we have to have done a total of four vaccine shots and wear masks again.
These measures were touted as “essential and effective” when they were actually coercive and ineffective last time(s).
When will our politicians and unelected “health advisors” be told where to get off, and when will China be sued for damages?

Mantaray
Mantaray
July 6, 2022 9:39 am

I do not give a stuff about whether having abortions is a right, or not a right. what actually galls me in this is that the anti-abortion folk want ME to help pay for all these unwanted sprogs.

Fair enough that an unborn kid is a human being, since even the dimmest leftist uses the phrase ‘unborn child” from time to time, especially when a woman (whatever that may be) is damaged whilst pregnant, but FFS, why must I pay for it when the mother doesn’t want to raise it?

I guess my ‘position” would be something like “get rid of the embryo as soon as you can” or else bear the cost of it. Meanwhile, that probably comes back to all those wanting the unwanted kids be born (most on New Cat by the look of it), to pay some sort of super-tax to cover what they want = some sort of surcharge on tax returns if you tick the “no abortions to be allowed” box.

Anyone here willing to adopt a few of these not-aborted kids?

Katzenjammer
Katzenjammer
July 6, 2022 9:53 am

“My body, my choice” includes the right to become pregnant without assistance from anyone else. There could be a common phrase for that.

Roger
Roger
July 6, 2022 9:58 am

I think the great Sir Anthony Hopkins said it best when he said..

““Actors Are Pretty Stupid. My Opinion Is Not Worth Anything”

You got there before me, cassie!

Frank
Frank
July 6, 2022 10:31 am

A handsome looking woman that one.

John of Mel
John of Mel
July 6, 2022 11:07 am

I rather like Jessica Chastain. She brings a fragile, vulnerable aura to her roles

I had to look her up. And then I realised why I’ve never heard of her. Her Wiki page has this:
Known for primarily starring in films with feminist themes

Mantaray
Mantaray
July 6, 2022 12:46 pm

dover0beachsays:
July 6, 2022 at 10:46 am; “I don’t buy your argument”

It’s not an argumenta as such but I am interested in your view on the citizenry being forced to pay for ignorant bimbos’ kids when they do not want them but are forced to have them.

Could you flesh it out a bit?

Bear Necessities
Bear Necessities
July 6, 2022 1:32 pm

In a couple of years:

Jessica: Why aren’t producers offering me roles?
Her Agent: No one wants to watch you anymore.
Jessica: Was it something I said?

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
July 6, 2022 4:05 pm

Oh dear Julie Bitchop has been given the chop by the hunky beau of 8 years — I think this photo does her no favours

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
July 6, 2022 4:05 pm

oooops sorry wrong thread

Mantaray
Mantaray
July 6, 2022 5:02 pm

dover0beachsays:
July 6, 2022 at 2:54 pm; “they night keep them or they may not” (paraphrased0

And who pays the single mothers’ pensions and child-rearing costs when they are forced to raise unwanted sprogs? And who suffers from the delinquent brats later running amok? And don’t most new Cats agree that “fatherless households” are generally disasters for the wider community = so why force millions more of such households onto society by not making it easier to get early-stage abortions? And so on…Plus…

Everything I read about adopted kids paints a very depressing picture overall. some work out, bur…”Children who wind up in the foster care system often have more troubled outcomes. Many of them came to be in the foster care system under traumatic circumstances and may even face more trauma once within the foster care system which is rife with problems.” etc

AND, I still get the tab for the adoption process too? FFS: chicks who have unwanted embryos should not be at my cost. But since they will be, then reducing that cost is my much preferred option!

Katzenjammer
Katzenjammer
July 6, 2022 5:42 pm

Mantaray – All your points apply equally to dependent children of any age. Can we assume you’re in favour of a child of (say) two or maybe five years being knocked off if under any of those same circumstances If not, please explain why.

vlad redux
vlad redux
July 6, 2022 9:42 pm

No need to overthink this. They call them “reproductive rights” because it sounds nicer than “abortion rights” – that’s all.

Dot
Dot
July 6, 2022 10:02 pm

Known for primarily starring in films with feminist themes

Bruh

Maniac
Maniac
July 6, 2022 10:12 pm

“My body, my choice” oftentimes turns out to mean, “My body, my choice, your wallet.”

m0nty
m0nty
July 6, 2022 11:12 pm

Everything I read about adopted kids paints a very depressing picture overall. some work out, bur…”Children who wind up in the foster care system often have more troubled outcomes. Many of them came to be in the foster care system under traumatic circumstances and may even face more trauma once within the foster care system which is rife with problems.” etc

Mantaray, this is an excellent point you make, but db doesn’t care about it at all. He is a religious extremist who is concerned only about the implications of scripture and how to impose them on our lives.

He does not care about real life and its complexities. He will hand-wave away anything you throw at him. All that matters to him is his mental image of the foetus.

He is not a bad man, but he is racked with delusion and misguided concerns. The end result is a melange of contradictions, a compote of cognitive dissonance. He can not argue rationally, and if you try to engage him rationally you will be disappointed by his reaction.

Dot
Dot
July 7, 2022 6:15 am

LOL

Religious extremist, that is the generation that defeated Nazism had the same beliefs.

Another bruh moment monty.

Manta doesn’t agree with you about men being forced to pay for kids they have no say in aborting, raising or even procreating.

Bruh

Michael Baker
Michael Baker
July 7, 2022 11:23 am

A similar lack of logic underlies the tag ‘pro-choice’. There’s nothing wrong with being ‘pro-choice’. A women who wants to abort her unborn child is not ‘pro-choice’ but ‘pro-changing-her-choice’.

m0nty
m0nty
July 7, 2022 3:58 pm

The only response to Mantaray’s point

The word “only” is doing a lot of work there. Only response according to whom? You.

Or is it according to Scripture? Or maybe the only response allowed by the conservative majority on SCOTUS. Who are a law unto themselves, a modern golden calf.

and then finally, they remove the mask and simply say that they need no reason at any time, it’s just pure will

Not every woman thinks like Clementine Ford, much as you might like to think so. Not even Clementine thinks like that; it’s rhetoric designed to shock. Every woman agonises over the decision, and retains some level of shame and pain throughout their lives.

Anyone who thinks modern abortion is a frippery doesn’t understand women. It is never whimsical or joyful. Those small minority who want to shout it out are not bragging, they are fighting shame and embarrassment.

Dobbs is a stain on the history of America. It is misogynist, theocratic and undemocratic. It came from a decades-long plot to subvert institutions to work against the will of the people. Everyone involved in the project hates women.

Old Lefty
Old Lefty
July 7, 2022 8:24 pm

Reproductive ‘rights’ certainly do not apply in our woke world to the one thing that counts as a deviant pervert lifestyle: the heterosexual married woman who wants to be a full-time mother. Those who resist even the vicious fiscal persecution designed to reduce them to penury if they don’t hand their children over to Leninist collective farms will need to be dealt with.

Old Lefty
Old Lefty
July 7, 2022 8:28 pm

Dobbs is ‘against the will of the people ‘, Monty? Spare me. Dobbs is a profoundly democratic ruling. It returns the question to the elected legislatures from whom a cabal of unelected and unaccountable leftist judges stole it when they manufactured a ‘constituonal’ ‘principle’ out of thin air.

m0nty
m0nty
July 8, 2022 8:12 am

As I said db, you come from the extremist group who would gaol a 10-year-old rape victim for murder if you could. Your perspective is believed only by a tiny minority of religious fanatics.

The fact that your position is now the law of the land in America is monstrous.

Dot
Dot
July 8, 2022 9:28 am

Ridiculous, monty.

You are making up medical regulation contrary to state law regarding patient safety. The state law cited here was statute.

No 10 year olds are being forced to carry a pregnancy to term, no one wants that nor is anyone saying a child in such a situation is criminally responsible.

You’re just making shit up.

Zipster
Zipster
July 8, 2022 9:30 am

reproductive rights are basically a euphemism for infinite selfishness of the female of the species.

Trained Observer
Trained Observer
July 8, 2022 10:53 am

Dover: when you say “we” I think you mean “they”? Unless you imagine that blokes reproduce?

rosie
rosie
July 8, 2022 11:47 am

Nice own goal TO.

rosie
rosie
July 8, 2022 11:49 am

Trained Observer sounds like the sort of person who would grace a Plenary Council.

m0nty
m0nty
July 8, 2022 1:31 pm

No 10 year olds are being forced to carry a pregnancy to term, no one wants that nor is anyone saying a child in such a situation is criminally responsible.

A law that is deemed morally acceptable because there are nearby jurisdictions to which you could escape temporarily to avoid it… is a bad law. Not to mention moot when SCOTUS approves of a national abortion ban.

Also, there are laws in some US states right now criminalising the practice of crossing state lines for an abortion.

and she wouldn’t be the one that commits murder anyway, the doctor would

So you are going to gaol any doctor who provides an abortion for murder, plus gaol anyone who helps her cross state lines as an accessory to murder. Thus you will stop any doctors providing abortions at all. That is your end goal.

The legal system your mob are setting up is designed to maximise physical pain, emotional scarring and death for women and girls.

Dobbs puts America back not just to the 1950s, but the 1890s. It is barbaric.

Zipster
Zipster
July 8, 2022 1:34 pm

Mutley the White Knight to the rescue!

Trained Observer
Trained Observer
July 8, 2022 9:43 pm

It would appear to be a right to sabotage It would appear to be a right to sabotage our own good health. Now, we may certainly be free to do so, but do we really have a right to such a thing? Can we demand a doctor give us poor medical advice, poison us, and the like? I don’t think so. good health.
Given that it is the woman’s health at risk Dover it would appear that your empathy has run over.

Hubris
Hubris
July 9, 2022 12:55 am

Dover: it’s women’s decision to make. No matter how you parse it. People can lawyer it. Police it. Impose whatever penalty on women who make that choice. Nothing will change reality.
Blokes don’t get to decide. Only to judge.

m0nty
m0nty
July 9, 2022 9:59 am

It was shown to you on the OOT that Ohio has an exception for cases that endanger the life or may permanently impair the life of the mother.

And yet it was not invoked in this case.

You are assuming a level of mercy by the authorities that is not in evidence. That is part of the system – particularly since the rest of the system involves criminalising anyone whose job includes providing or enabling abortion.

First, you make the complaint that unless I support jailing the doctor I’m inconsistent, and then I tell you, no, I’m quite prepared to jail a doctor that murders a child in utero, and then you complain that this will stop abortions. Umm, yes. What are you even arguing anymore, monty.

The point I am making is that you are trying to have your cake and eat it too. Abortion is murder, you say, so we will criminalise it… but we will make an exception for a 10-year-old rape victim… except you won’t really, because there will be no one left to give her an abortion because you gaoled everyone who would do it.

The direct consequence of your policy is death, mass incarceration, subjugation, terror… it is theocratic fascism, put simply. You should not pretend it is anything else.

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
July 9, 2022 10:30 am

m0ntysays:
July 9, 2022 at 9:59 am
It was shown to you on the OOT that Ohio has an exception for cases that endanger the life or may permanently impair the life of the mother.

And yet it was not invoked in this case.

m0nty we’ve been through this several times.
It’s highly improbable that the supposed event actually occurred. Even if something like it did happen, it’s overwhelmingly probable that the car ride to Indiana was a stage managed political stunt, since there’s absolutely no grounds whatsoever for the “danger to the mother” exception not to be applied to a 10 year old girl.
Find some evidence that the rape occurred to corroborate the abortionist’s sob story, and find some evidence that the “danger to the mother” exception isn’t certain to apply in a case like this, and you’d be part way towards credibility.

The point I am making is that you are trying to have your cake and eat it too. Abortion is murder, you say, so we will criminalise it… but we will make an exception for a 10-year-old rape victim… except you won’t really, because there will be no one left to give her an abortion because you gaoled everyone who would do it.

Poor old mental defective. “If you imprison people who don’t obey the law, there’ll be no-one outside prison to do something that’s lawful.”
Incidentally, if you’re so sure that abortionists will all disobey the law and all go to jail, remind me again of why the 10 year old kid had to be taken to Indiana.

m0nty
m0nty
July 9, 2022 12:20 pm

It is not currently illegal in Ohio to help a woman cross state lines to get an abortion.

There are bills to do so in other states, not sure any have been passed yet but they soon will be.

m0nty
m0nty
July 9, 2022 12:27 pm

It’s highly improbable that the supposed event actually occurred.

You don’t like the story thus you call it fake news. Pathetic.

The law gives no explicit exclusion for rape or incest. Thus there is no operational exclusion for rape or incest for a healthy ten-year-old girl. This is not hard to understand.

If the law was supposed to exclude ten-year-olds, it would have said so. It didn’t. Ten-year-olds are not excluded.

You lot need to get it through your thick heads about what absolutism means in this area. It means accepting that a ten-year-old rape victim is the face of your policy.

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
July 9, 2022 1:57 pm

m0ntysays:
July 9, 2022 at 12:27 pm

English translation: All we’ve got is the word of an abortionist spruiking for their gravy train to be allowed to continue to roll, there’s 0.00000 [recurring to infinity] corroborating evidence that the alleged rape ever occurred even though Ohio is a “mandatory reporting” jurisdiction (as is Indiana) for child abuse, the statistical probability of a 10 year old girl getting pregnant in Ohio within the 3 day window in the storyline is negligible, no-one is able to offer a remotely credible explanation as to why the “danger to the mother” exception wasn’t invoked given, e.g., World Health Organisation pronouncements on the dangers of pre-teens giving birth – even at older than 10, but everyone should accept uncritically that it happened.

You fat idiot. Not once have you gone within a trillion light years of assessing the actual evidentiary aspects of this story. You just demand that people accept it because it suits your weird sick deranged perverted support for the sale of aborted babies’ body parts by “Planned Parenthood”.

Hubris
Hubris
July 9, 2022 5:20 pm

Dover: and that’s your problem. The majority don’t think of abortion as murder. Much if the angst arises from religious beliefs.
So you could say anti-abortionists are just like extreme shariah adherents.

Hubris
Hubris
July 9, 2022 5:54 pm

Dover: only thin if you have no regard for the rights of women.
As for your view if majority let’s see how this all plays out politically. I think the court has started something that they will regret.

Old Goat
Old Goat
July 9, 2022 8:48 pm

My 2cts worth – abortion should be legal until the fetus is alive . When this occurs is probably the biggest sticking point . After that its murder (or manslaughter). At this point in time its getting used as contraception by many and that is arguably bad for the mother and obviously fatal for the child . Its a pity we don’t seem to be able to use other forms of contraception as this would make this argument largely moot . My last point would be that both participants in the sexual act have a responsibility for any issue – not just the woman.

m0nty
m0nty
July 10, 2022 11:47 am

It’s alive from the moment of conception as it is from that moment on, distinguishable, genetically and physically, from the mother and growing and developing.

Sperm are alive, as are eggs. Your definition is wrong.

m0nty
m0nty
July 10, 2022 11:49 am

Not at all, women do have rights.

But at all times they are overridden by a clump of cells that might be a man.

m0nty
m0nty
July 10, 2022 11:57 am

Granting the protection of the law to the unborn is not a policy of death

As has been said upthread, American women will still get abortions, you can’t actually stop that in practice. Your policy will only lead to deaths and injury of more women who have to use more desperate means.

And that’s the real objective here: to punish women for their sins. You hate women who gained freedoms, and you want to remove those freedoms or make them harder to reach. Ultimately, you don’t believe in freedom.

custard
custard
July 10, 2022 1:07 pm

My niece and her husband live in New Mexico having recently shifted from Washington (Seattle) and were fortunate to adopt a little boy (6 weeks old I believe) from Indiana. His name is Benedict. A beautiful little boy. Thank goodness the mother went ahead with the pregnancy.

Trained Observer
Trained Observer
July 12, 2022 1:02 pm

It is as simple as that.

Which is to say, not simple at all.

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