The Hypocrisy of Choice

“I’m not anti-vaccine. I don’t tell people ‘You shouldn’t get the shot.’ But when it comes to my body, it’s my choice about what I want to put in my body.”

The speaker of this quote was a male, 36-year veteran of a NC police force, who resigned when it was mandated he get the COVID vaccine. In 1972, Helen Reddy rocked I Am Woman Hear Me Roar, and today Dr. Suze is roaring. The whole debate about efforts to stem the COVID pandemic centers on one word: CHOICE. One would have to be a slumbering Rip Van Winkle to have not heard folk consistently say, “It’s my choice to get the vaccine. It’s my choice to wear/not wear a mask. It’s my choice to drink bleach or take cow dewormer.” I totally get it.

Yet, a bunch of male bureaucrats have legislated women have NO choice. To me that’s not only hypocritical, but absurd. First of all, save Mary Magdalene, no woman ever got pregnant without a male sperm. Sadly, a number of men skip out on their responsibilities for providing financial and social/emotional support for their children. Over three million US women left the work force due to lack of child care during the pandemic.

Viewed as the weaker sex or even chattel, women are victims of rape. In fact, in Phoenix last year a young nursing home, comatose patient was raped repeatedly by a male nursing assistant. The patient’s parents were absolutely shocked when they learned she was in labor! Due to drug abuse by the father, the baby has a myriad of insurmountable problems. And Childrens’ Services in any of the 50 states investigate horror stories of unwanted, unplanned offspring.

Further, all fetal medical issues are not determined by the random 6-week period. “Amniocentesis is offered to women between the 15th and 20th weeks of pregnancy who are at greater risk for birth defects.” (Johns Hopkins Medicine.) Some of these children suffer such delibilitating effects they live out their 40-50 years in skilled nursing facilities.

My intent is not to debate your religious, nor ethical beliefs. But allow me to make my own choice about my body. Don’t insult me by passing a law about my body. None of you are privvy to my situation if I make that choice. You can’t have it both ways. Choice is Choice. And excuse me, sir, your hypocrisy is showing.

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