Here’s the deal: Your blood donation is going to save somebody’s life. Your blood is the ONLY BLOOD IN THE WHOLE WORLD that can save them. You’ve got protesters outside of your house, demanding that the ethical thing to do, the moral thing to do is to donate. And politicians are arguing that the government should force you to donate to save the life of this person, or risk legal action.*
So should you be forced to donate?
No way. What a weird argument. It’s like something out of a fictional dystopia. A very poorly-written fictional dystopia (I promise to never attempt to write a novel, y’all. Probably.)
What if your blood is the only blood that could save the President of the United States???
Nope, not even then.
Or if your blood could bring Carl Sagan back from the dead?
Welllllllll….mayb – Nah, I guess not.**
That’s the point put forth by this commenter in response to the anti-choice argument that people shouldn’t be allowed to have abortions because the little human inside of you needs your help to survive. I’ve heard this type of argument before, but I found this presentation compelling and worth sharing here.
Photo is from Facebook.com/OnlineforLife. It shows an x-ray of a person sitting in meditative position with a VERY developed fetus cradled by the pelvis. Caption reads: IS IT REALLY JUST YOUR BODY?
“My body, my choice” only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
“Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this…cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose copse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
*As an aside, I found a 2012 article from a Nigerian newspaper that described compulsory blood donation for pregnant women and/or spouses before the woman would be admitted to the hospital. So, I guess, in some places, forced blood donation could be a thing. I also found some articles on mandatory blood donation in China and the military, and theoretical discussions on whether organ donation should be compulsory. Interesting topics – maybe for another blog sometime.
**But maybe figure out how to synthesize that shit.