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The Illusions of Reproductive Freedom: Part I

Jennifer Roback Morse

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The asymmetry of reproductive freedom.

The feminist establishment is in an uproar over the appointment of Judge John Roberts to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. In their minds, the abortion license established by Roe v. Wade is sacrosanct. But I believe the very concept of reproductive freedom is dangerous illusion that has brought misery to millions of people. The series of Court cases which created this illusion increased access to both contraception and abortion. These cases did indeed, allow people to change the probability of a live baby resulting from any sexual act. It would be a defensible intellectual position to claim that people are entitled to use new technologies to change these probabilities. But under feminist tutelage, the social norms and constitutional interpretation around sex and conception have morphed into a much stronger demand: We now believe that we are entitled to have sex without having a live baby result.

But this is far less appealing than "the right to choose." The various euphemisms such as "reproductive self-determination," and "reproductive justice," vastly overstate what government can provide. The government cannot assure anyone that they will achieve their reproductive goals. This so-called freedom is a negation: it is only the right to say "no" to a baby.

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Posted: 25-Aug-05



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