In a statement released to reporters on Tuesday, former (?) President Barack Obama reacted to the leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court suggesting it would overturn Roe v. Wade by warning that Americans would face the loss of their personal rights to privacy.
“[W]hat Roe recognized is that the freedom enshrined in the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution requires all of us to enjoy a sphere of our lives that isn’t subject to meddling from the state,” he wrote, warning that the federal government could ultimately meddle with “personal decisions involving who we sleep with, who we marry, whether or not to use contraception, and whether or not to bear children.”
The draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito addresses that false argument by specifying that the decision in Roe was different — because abortion involves a choice in taking a human life.
“The consequences of this decision would be a blow not just to women, but to all of us who believe that in a free society, there are limits to how much the government can encroach on our personal lives,” he wrote. He argued that women deserved “the dignity and freedom of making a decision that is right for their bodies and their circumstances.”
Except it’s not about the woman’s body — it’s about the body of an entirely separate, unique human being whose life shouldn’t hinge upon “circumstances.”