Heretic discusses the fact that self-ownership and choice are nonsense concepts and cannot possibly have any relevance to the issue of abortion.
Self-ownership is a fallacious concept that sounds nice, but doesn’t do women any favors. In the abortion debate, this takes the form of,”Women can do whatever they want with their bodies.” Yet such a concept is not pro-abortion, instead tip-toeing around in an attempt to be a balanced view and make the issue an individualistic and not a collective one. Women need to have this policy completely decided now, either supportive of abortion or not…
Men love the choice argument, because it allows them to have a stake over a woman’s body. If conservative men influence the women to be reproductive chattel, then liberal men do so for them to be sexual chattel. Notice that married women tend to have children, while prostituted ones abortion; both in their relation to men. Women thus end up “choosing” what is expected of them anyway.
And there is a related entry from Root Veg which concerns itself with the nonsense of “free choice.” All actions we take are the result of what we are and where we are.
In a similar way to the above analogy, trying to imagine what kind of decision a person would make if there were no values upon which to base that decision makes very little sense. We can try to imagine what that decision may look like, but it ceases to even be a decision. If there is no trade-off to be made, what exactly is there to decide? If there are no determining values, is there even a behaviour to observe? As animals are given life by (and adapt to) their circumstances, so our behaviours are fundamentally necessitated by the situations we find ourselves in. Moment to moment, I do what I do and become who I am because of what is available to me, the finite set of things that are possible, where I am, and what the costs and benefits of any action are. If I sit in a locked room alone with a pizza, whether or not I eat the pizza still depends on how hungry I am, what the toppings are, how my tastes have been conditioned over my lifetime, and so on. I’m being coerced in one direction or another by every single one of these variables. Every decision and behaviour that every person makes is the outcome of whatever relevant parameters pertain to it. If these coercive factors did not exist, there would not be a decision to make.