If You’re Pro-Mask-Mandate, You’re Not Pro-Choice

Keri Smith of Deprogrammed
3 min readMar 17, 2021

I will never understand the kind of person who claims to be pro-choice when it comes to abortion, because they believe in bodily autonomy, but then demonstrates that it’s not true when it comes to the government forcing people to wear masks. There is zero intellectual honesty or consistency to be found in this kind of person.

I’m pro-choice. I have been for my entire adult life. And though that comes with caveats (I don’t believe third trimester abortion should be legal, and I don’t believe abortion should be legal once the baby can survive outside of the womb — a date at which medical science keeps pushing earlier), I know that many Christians disagree with me. I understand why they do — there is a long overdue conversation I want to have with Samuel Sey about this very topic. My mind is open to being challenged on it.

But my sticking point, as I see it, is that I don’t believe the government should have a right to dictate what a person does with their body — even if that means they get to kill someone who is currently living inside of them and cannot survive outside the womb. I believe in bodily autonomy to the point where I think abortion should be legal, though I now find it immoral. There are plenty of things I find immoral that I think should be legal. This is where personal responsibility and personal ethos comes in, instead of government edict. I think we oftentimes look for political or legal solutions where we should instead find cultural and personal ones. We need to change the way people think about abortion so that it’s not sold to us as no different morally than having one’s tonsils removed (and trust me, that IS the way it is being sold to us now). I know my position is at odds with many whom I respect, and I am okay with that because I believe it is the principled position. I understand they disagree.

Which leads me back to the unprincipled pro-mask-mandate Covidians who *claim* to be pro-choice. How is it that one can claim to be so thoroughly committed to the principle of bodily autonomy without government intervention that they will support abortion — which necessarily ends a human life, by definition — but then throw that supposedly strong belief in bodily autonomy without government intervention into the wind when it comes to the government forcing one to wear a mask…