SUMMARY & CONCLUSION

Judgement of reproductive rights is often misconstrued as a single question, but it is not one question. It's three.​ The first question is "When did your life begin?" The answer is that your life began between 23-27 weeks of gestation, when your mind came into existence. People have minds, and entities that do not have minds are not people. The second question is "Do you have a right to use another person’s body without their permission?" The answer is that you never have a right to use another person's body without their permission. A person's body is their natural property, and the biological act of sex itself is not permission for anything. The third question is "What are you allowed to do to defend yourself against a person using your body without your permission?" The answer is that you may separate yourself from this person, and in the process of separating this person from your person, you are not allowed to murder but you are allowed to ask for help and, as a last resort, you are allowed to kill in self-defense.

Together, these three questions reveal that a woman, no matter the stage of her pregnancy, has the right to determine whether or not she remains pregnant, with the caveat that the way a pregnancy may be terminated depends on the status of the body within her womb—i.e. whether or not the body within her womb contains a person. If there is a personless body in her womb, she may terminate her pregnancy via abortion. If there is a person in the body in her womb, she may terminate her pregnancy via separation. To permit someone to use a part of your body is a precious gift that you may grant, but no one should ever be forced to give a gift. Forcing someone to give a gift is theft.  

Overall, in regard to moral and ethical reproductive rights policy, both the right to life and the right to liberty of all people must be respected. This means a woman must never be denied the liberty to control her own body, with the caveat that the way she may terminate a pregnancy—via abortion or separation—is dependent upon the status of the body within her womb. In this way, reproductive rights as described by Respect People are both Pro-Life and Pro-Liberty.

 

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