By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit
Exile in Happy Valley
“Rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country is a bill of temporary privileges.”
“But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain- that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.”
As a Queer pro-life anarchist, I have a rather odd relationship with Roe V. Wade. I was raised with the Consistent Life Ethic as espoused by Catholic Workers like the Berrigan Brothers that preached that all life was precious from the womb to the battlefield to death row and not only is this one of the few values that I still hold dear from an otherwise traumatic Catholic childhood but it’s also a value that led me to embrace anti-imperialism which summarily led me down the Peter Maurin gulch to full tilt anarchism.
However, with that being said, as a born-again voluntaryist who’s as turned on by Samuel Konkin as I am by Dorothy Day, I also hold bodily autonomy to be equally sacred. If a human being is not given agency over their own biology, then liberty quite simply does not exist. This jihad is made downright personal by my birthright as an androgynous gender terrorist who carries the spiritual scars of a lifetime of self-righteous adult authority figures attempting to govern my own goddamn body with their sick hang ups.
This spicey contrarian moral gumbo has led me to the sometimes-agonizing belief that while I may personally find abortion to be immoral, giving any kind of government authority unfettered access to someone else’s insides is an equally immoral way to handle this issue and not a particularly affective one either. My approach to abortion has become pretty similar to my approach to crystal meth, I don’t like it, I sure as fuck don’t advocate it, but I’m not about to hand some bureaucrat a speculum and the license to get busy up in someone else’s guts to stop it.
So, I’ve come to see the right to choose as a sort of necessary evil for someone who struggles to be big enough to put individual liberty before my own personal ethics because autonomy is for everyone, not just the people you spend your weekends getting stoned with. If the government can fuck with a pregnant teenage white girl, then you better believe they can fuck with some genderqueer creature like me and judicial despots like Samuel Alito know it.
He made this painfully clear in his leaked opinion on the Dobbs V. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization decision that looks set to overturn Roe V. Wade this summer. Alito specifically singled out bodily autonomy as being a right with no basis in the Constitution and he specifically references decisions like Lawrence V. Texas, that overturned bans against consensual homosexual activity, and Obergfell V. Hodges, which affectively legalized gay marriage, as being examples of the Court perpetuating values not deeply rooted in our nation’s history.
This decision can hardly be considered particularly shocking seeing as Alito voiced opposition to both of those widely popular decisions using the same argument and the ugly fact about it is that the bastard is right. Neither the Constitution nor the Supreme Court have a goddamn thing to do with individual liberty and that’s why I oppose them both and you should too.