‘My body, my choice,’ doesn’t work with disease

I took a second thinking over a recent letter to the editor regarding the “my body, my choice” phrase.

It was the author’s opinion that “The reactions to the Supreme Court draft opinion regarding Roe v. Wade seem quite ironic. Have people forgotten the past two years when they ridiculed, attacked, and censored those who didn’t want to inject an experimental drug into their body, even ignoring the claim of ‘my body, my choice.’ Many were relentless and self-righteous in their assault against people simply wanting to exercise their own health freedom.”

Apparently, he didn’t realize, or worse yet maybe he did, his views were defending Typhoid Mary Mallon, the infamous woman who was a carrier of contagious typhoid bacterium. And using her freedom, “my body my choice” it’s said she was the source for multiple outbreaks of typhoid fever, and deaths, around New York City between 1900 and 1907.

He seems to believe that our government should not have intervened and isolated Mary Mallon from the public, because she had a right to do what she wants with her body.

How many men, boys, girls, or women have become pregnant, or died, because they interacted with a pregnant woman?

How many of us got sick and died from touching something after a pregnant woman had touched the same object?

It’s quite an ironic argument that a pregnant healthy woman does not have the right to control her body; whereas, according to the letter’s argument, a person who is carrying a deadly germ or virus does have a right to control her body?

Chuck Wright

Mill Creek

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