Girls Are “Women” to the “Reproductive Rights” Crowd

Radical cultural warriors always redefine settled terms and blur crucial distinctions to mask their extremism. Minor (pun intended) case in point: Nancy Northrup, CEO of Reproductive Rights, deftly erases the crucial difference between adults and children in defending the ruling requiring the (perhaps) abortifacient morning-after pill to be sold to anyone of any age, over-the-counter. From her USA Today commentary:

U.S. government has used for more than a decade to impose restrictions motivated purely by politics — not science — that have placed barriers between women of all ages and the emergency contraception of which they sometimes find themselves in urgent need.

Emphasis in the piece.

A 13-year-old girl is not a woman. The transition from one to the other occurs slowly over time, and involves far more than the biological ability to get pregnant. A 15-year-old “woman” can’t consent to have her ears pierced, buy a car, enter an X-rated movie theater, or obtain a tattoo because society protects its children. Or, at least we used to. Alas, parents are the ones treated like children today. 

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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