New poster Oliver made an insightful comment July 31.
In the interest of developing pro-life apologetics I’d like to spotlight it for us to flesh out his thoughts, since the concept of the right to bodily autonomy is frequently cited pro-abort rationale….
[The photo above is of two preserved human specimens, a female and her eight-month-old preborn baby, in the Body Worlds display. Many bodily autonomy apologists do not deny there is a baby; they simply say the baby does not have the right to usurp his or her mother’s bodily autonomy.]
That being said, it seems bodily autonomy is your major talking point so let’s discuss the differing factors behind the right to autonomy and the rights to privacy and property.
To begin with, we should approach the issue of parental sacrifice of property and privacy to born children. Why is it that a parent cannot simply withold their rights from their child when they feel lead to? Why is it that parents are obligated directly to the care of their children?
Now you say parents can indeed withold their bodily autonomy from their child, which is true. Why is this possible? The answer is that a parent is never asked to sacrifice any more of their rights to their child than is necesary to care for him. Think, a child cannot demand the master bedroom, but he must be given the shelter of choice by the parent.
So what is the key difference between parents with a born child and a pregnant mother with an unborn fetus? You pointed out the difference perfectly by stating “a born child is also not inside the body of a person, and that too makes a big difference.” Yes it makes a huge difference.
A fetus cannot be cared for any other way than to exist in its mother womb. Instead of thinking that a parent must sacrifice X right and Y right to the degree necesary to not neglect their child, streamline it a bit and see that a parent must sacrifice their rights in general to the degree that their child requires. A parent to a born child never has to sacrifice their right to bodily autonomy because it never need occur.