Misconception: My body, my choice
“My body, my choice” is a familiar refrain for abortion rights advocates. This misconception is one of the most common and widely accepted of all the pro-choice arguments, yet it is also the most nonsensical and easily debunked.
The simple answer, of course, is that the baby’s body is not the mother’s body. The baby is not the mother, and the mother is not the baby. The baby’s body, however small, is certainly growing inside the mother’s body, but this does not make the baby and the mother the same individual. The mother’s bodily autonomy should not automatically give her the right to harm the body of another, even if it is growing inside of her.
At the moment of conception, a new individual with its own DNA, unique in all of human history, is created. Genetic blueprints for every characteristic the person will ever exhibit are present from the very beginning. It will develop its own arms, legs, heart, brain, and lungs while growing inside the mother. If the baby’s body is considered to be the mother’s body, she would have four arms, four legs, two hearts, and two brains.
The baby may have a different blood type than its mother. If it is a boy, it would follow that his male reproductive organs would be part of the mother’s body.
Of course, beyond these glaringly obvious logical fallacies, the most crucial difference between the mother’s body and the baby’s body is that an abortion does not end the mother’s life. Two human lives enter into every abortion procedure. One is killed, and the other walks away.
The phrase “my body, my choice” would make sense if it could be spoken by the unborn child—and it would choose to live.
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