To have a bona fide sexual revolution we first need to all have real liberty — full and autonomous reproductive choice for all women, real bodily autonomy and integrity, equal rights for all of us no matter our sexual orientation, the end to all forced sex.
As Election Day draws near, let’s vote for a government that goes beyond keeping laws off our bodies. Instead, let’s vote for a government that can create laws to keep our bodies and communities safe and healthy.
Cases from across the country prove that if the unborn are recognized as legal persons with separate human rights, the government will have the power to deprive pregnant women of their rights to informed consent, due process, liberty, and even life.
We do not allow the government to deny us the right to vote because we are poor, nor are we denied the right to freedom of religion because we cannot afford it. So why is the right to an abortion, one explicitly protected by the Constitution, any different?
The Supreme Court first established this right to privacy more than a century ago, and most Americans take it for granted every time they visit a doctor. Yet today I find myself having to defend this right on behalf of my patients.
It’s human nature to want everyone to agree with one’s religion or personal moral code. But I also accept that there will always be vast differences among religious and secular perspectives on life. And I believe that government should not help me or anyone else spread our religious beliefs.
Should you leave your faith outside the voting booth? I say no – your faith and your beliefs help shape what you care about. I am pro-choice because of my religious tradition and beliefs.