Americans across the nation have taken to the streets to protest stay-at-home orders and, in some places, are being required to wear a face mask. In parts of California and Texas, residents are required to wear a face mask whenever they're outside of their private residence or their vehicles. Some stores have even implemented their own rules, saying patrons must cover their faces with a mask, bandana or other covering.
People have taken issue with being forced into these rules, arguing that they should have the power to make their own decisions.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue took to Twitter to slam those who use the phrase "my body, my choice" to protest wearing face coverings.
I do not think it means what you think it means. pic.twitter.com/oASjHzoKsS— ilyseh (@ilyseh) April 19, 2020
The most amazing aspect of Hogue's Twitter rant: she makes the assumption that the woman in the photo is pro-life.
Coopting symbols and language from other movements is pretty standard operating procedure for the right wing. They think they will convince unaffiliated people that there's something hypocritical about our stances or at least put us on defense, but this one's a reach.— ilyseh (@ilyseh) April 19, 2020
Here's the lost irony: If their core critique of "our body, our choice" is that it's not just your body (a claim I reject by the way), they are exposing themselves since the choice to be out jeopardizes literally thousands of lives. They don't don't care. Not "pro-life."— ilyseh (@ilyseh) April 19, 2020
There's no way for Hogue to know how that woman feels about abortion. How do we know that she's not a pro-abortion woman who always wants to have a say in whether or not she has to wear a mask? Talk about jumping the gun. Maybe she's a pro-life woman cleverly pointing out the hypocrisy of the pro-choice, "it's my body, my choice" argument.
When someone is mandated to wear a face mask, they're being told what to do with their own body. For Hogue, this must hit a little too close to home. It's the very thing pro-choice advocates say pro-lifers do when they oppose abortion. But whereas a face mask could have absolutely no impact on a person catching the coronavirus, we know abortion impacts not one but two lives: both the mother and the unborn child.
Might want to look in the mirror a bit, Ilyse.
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