Why do you think pro-choicers are in the right?

December 17, 2007 at 11:03 am (feminism)

Okay. If you are pro-choice and it’s not about women’s autonomy, what is it about? If we’re not defending the right to control one’s own body, what are we defending? Baby-killing?

Any passersby can feel free to just toss out their reasons for being pro-choice, too. Now that everybody knows why I am.



  1. Jamelle said,

    It’s not that we shouldn’t defend the right to control one’s own body – that is, as you’ve said, very important – it’s that we shouldn’t be defending autonomy for autonomy’s sake. We should instead be defending autonomy as a means to an end, the end being a person’s “conception of the good.” I’m not sure if we have a “right” to autonomy so much as we have a right to pursue our own ends, and autonomy is necessary for that right to mean anything.

    Thanks for the link, and thanks for the comments on my blog. I intend to read yours on a regular basis, and I hope you consider the same for mine.

  2. Daisy said,

    Thanks for the comment, Jamelle. I’ll be reading your blog, too.

    I fail to see the meaningful difference between valuing “autonomy” and valuing “the right to pursue our own ends.” When I talk about individuals being entitled to their autonomy, I’m talking about about individuals being entitled to self-determination. Same thing as pursuing their “conception of the good,” yes?

  3. Jamelle said,

    They aren’t the same thing. Autonomy and self-determination aren’t ends they are means. You use autonomy to pursue something, you don’t pursue autonomy. What it seems like you’re saying is that reproductive health is a means to realizing autonomy. I’m kind of saying the opposite; that control over reproductive health is an unambiguous good, and autonomy is the means to realize that good.

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