Opinion: Overturning Roe v. Wade Is Not About Being "Pro-Life", It's About Freedom

Bryan Dijkhuizen

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The abortion debate is still in full swing. Politicians from various countries have expressed disgust at violating this human right. Roe v Wade got overturned last week by the supreme court.

The abortion-critical states with predominantly Republican governors will in all likelihood start banning abortion in these states. One example is Texas.

Since last year it was already illegal to have an abortion if a heartbeat could be detected but now that the federal right is being removed nothing is stopping them from abolishing it altogether.

In the more progressive states of America, the right to abortion is handled very carefully just now. In California, politicians are preparing for a deluge of women who will not be able to get their abortions elsewhere. So California wants to ask the voters whether a particular “abortion amendment” should be included in the law.

The right to abortion is and always has been a complex topic of debate in America. In the rest of the world, it is somewhat easier to talk about. You could say we are a little more liberal here. In fact, I think the right to do what you want is more important than what I think.

So too is abortion. I’m against it but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still have the right. I think the freedom to be able to decide about your own body and the future of your then-unborn child is more important than what I think.

But so it’s much trickier than either being for or then being against. You have to talk about that in a very nuanced way, otherwise, the discussion won’t move forward.

This is also what I argue in this article from last month. Indeed, the issue is not this one right but the fact that rights are being curtailed. So those fundamental and human rights are seemingly worth nothing if they can be wiped off the table so easily.

In the Netherlands, we also have a similar discussion about something we call “completed life.”

I think you can guess what this means. You see, some people feel that their life is finished, they don’t want to live anymore and there is no decent option for that. In fact, it is illegal to commit medical suicide. Only when the person is suffering unbearably may a doctor perform euthanasia.

This issue is still a dilemma even for progressive parties. These topics are often labeled as ethical dilemmas. But for true libertarians like me, this is not a dilemma at all.

You are the only one who decides what you do with your life (and body).

Nobody else.

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