One would think that, while people shouldn't have the right to affect others without their permission, they should at least have that right with their own bodies. This would seem like a basic human right. While some might argue that the State should have the right to tell you what you can and can't do with your body, as long as they are paying you for it via Welfare or if you are employed by them (e.g. in the military), it seems that the government actually can make you do or prohibit you from doing many things with your body.
One example is that of suicide. Until recently, all forms of suicide were illegal. Now, people that are actively dying and suffering, are allowed to have assisted suicide in certain states. Currently though, anyone caught attempting suicide or found to have failed in committing suicide can be held for 72 hours for treatment. This is called a "5150". This being an extreme case of autonomy, lets look at some lesser issues.
It used to be, that people had the right to choose to get a vaccine, then, it turned into the right to abstain from being vaccinated without having to have a reason or medical condition, now, the vaccine lobby is boxing in the population and requiring more and more people to be vaccinated. Nurses across the country are having to get flu vaccines or wear a mask, even though waiting rooms are full of sick people and nurses are required to call in sick when sick. School children are now being forced to get HPV vaccines and flu shots, and often, when their parents want to pull them from school, laws are used to force the issue...even going so far as to take the children away from the parents.
An area cherished by those on the Left and spurned by those on the Right being abortion. One side says the mother should be able to do whatever she wants with her body, while the other states it ignores the rights of the unborn child. This is a sticky situation, since there are more than one viewpoint on who is affected by this law. The others are less so.
Attempting suicide in a manner that is likely to injure or kill another should be illegal, since it affects others. Abstaining from getting vaccinated does endanger others, but only in the sense that getting vaccinated may protect those that are not vaccinated. It is an issue of positive vs negative freedoms.
Why should the state force taxpaying citizens to do things that go against the rights of those individuals on the most basic of human rights? Even if you aren't troubled by current laws, what is next? Once a foundation is laid, there is only one intended direction, more control and a deeper intrusion into each and every citizen's lives.
Writes about politics from a Conservative Libertarian viewpoint. While pushing for a government that is Fiscally Conservative and Socially Liberal, he personally appreciates the Socially Conservative lifestyle.
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