Under capitalism a women’s right to abortion is inalienable.
Abortion is the termination of pregnancy by the induced removal of an embryo or fetus (that is incapable of survival outside the body of the woman) which results in the death of the embryo/fetus. The essential political question concerning abortion is: does the fetus have a right to be in the body of a woman against the will of the woman? Or: does a woman’s body belong to her
Abortion is an inalienable right. Abortion is not a violation of any right because there is no such thing as the freedom to live inside (or outside) of another human being as a parasite, i.e., against the will of that person.
This principle applies to both fetuses and adults. As a woman has a right to choose whom she has sex with (as her body is her property), so is it a woman’s right to choose what can and cannot remain inside her body (as her body is her property). As it is evil for someone else to dictate the use of her body by raping her, so it is evil for someone else to dictate the use of her body by forcing her to remain pregnant.
A fetus does not have a right to be in the womb of any woman but is there by her permission. This permission may be revoked by the woman at any time because her womb is part of her body. Permissions are not rights. There is no such thing as the right to live inside the body of another, i.e., there is no right to enslave. Contrary to the opinion of anti-abortion activists (falsely called “pro-lifers” as they are against the right to life of the actual human being, the pregnant women) a woman is not a breeding pig owned by the state (or church). Even if a fetus developed to the point of surviving as an independent being outside the pregnant woman’s womb, the fetus would still not have the right to be inside the woman’s womb.
What applies to a fetus, also applies to a physically dependent adult. If an adult—say a medical welfare recipient—must survive by being connected to someone else, they may only do so by the permission of that person. There is no such thing as the right to live by the efforts of someone else, i.e., there is no such thing as the right to enslave.
As there is no such thing as the right to live inside another, whether the fetus is aborted, because of incest, or rape, or “convenience” does not matter politically—whatever the reason, it is the woman’s inalienable right.
Under capitalism (a social system based on the principle of individual rights) abortion is an inalienable right. Anyone who advocates the outlawing of abortion (especially in the first few months of pregnancy) — is an enemy of individual rights in principle, and thus an enemy of capitalism.
For further reading:
ABORTION RIGHTS ARE PRO-LIFE by Leonard Peikoff
Roe V. Wade Anniversary Still Finds Defense of the Right to Abortion Compromised.
ABORTION: AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT by the Association for Objective Law
Despite Roe v. Wade’s ruling giving women the right to abortion, the Court reached this decision by balancing a woman’s rights against the State’s ‘interests’ in her health and in that of potential life. As long as the right to abortion may be overridden by any ‘state interests,’ however, a woman has no right to do with her body as she sees fit.
ABORTION: A MORAL CHOICE by Dr. Ellen Kenner
If you have had an abortion and are struggling with guilt – I want you to know that there many individuals who would love to help you see that the guilt you are carrying is totally unfounded.