Forced sterilization is wrong. At any and all times. (or, Why Men Don’t Talk About Abortion 101)

This post is brought to you by a couple of commenters on the last post (their comments have not been accepted) advocating forced sterilization for those neurologically atypical.

Are you kidding me? You do not have the right to anyone’s body. Ever. Ever. That right is their own and it is inalienable. It is inseparable. You cannot take it. We have already historically forced sterilization on women of color, whose reproducing bodies were viewed as a threat to white supremacy. We have already historically forced sterilization on lower class women, whose reproducing bodies were viewed as an affliction on society. We are still forcing sterilization on women with disabilities, whose reproducing bodies are viewed as less than human. And it is not okay. It is never okay.

Don’t EVER forget, that while white women were fighting for the right to contraceptives, women of color were fighting for the right to have a family.

Forced sterilization? And who gets to decide who can and can’t have sex or give birth? You, I presume? Forget everyone else biologically or intellectually inferior, YOU are the best thing that ever walked God’s great earth and YOU should grace society with copies of your genes!

Forced sterilization has been racist. It has been classist. It is still ableist.

And that ableist bullshit will not be published here. Never. Never! If you believe women should undergo forced sterilization you are not welcome here.

If you support forced sterilization, you are denying someone inalienable rights and therefore you are dehumanizing a human being. If you support forced sterilization, you are promoting rape culture.

Let me remind you why men—cisgendered men who are biologically male and cannot become pregnant—don’t talk about abortion in feminist circles. It is not because women have a monopoly on these discussions. It is not because only anyone with a uterus has a something viable to contribute to these discussions by the magical sparkly powers of the womb. It is because if it’s not your uterus, you don’t any right to it.

It is because the rights of the father begin at delivery, not at conception. Neither does any woman who is not pregnant have a right to another’s. A woman who is not pregnant, a man who is not pregnant, a person who is not pregnant, does not have any right to another’s uterus or pregnancy.

If you are a father (by legal role or biologically) your rights begin at delivery. If you are a mother (by legal role) your rights begin at delivery. If you are anyone but the pregnant woman the rights you may have begin at delivery.

Feminists who dismiss the opinions of cisgendered men on abortion but also support forced sterilization have no idea why they disregard the opinions of men. Stop doing shit just because everyone else is. When you don’t accept the opinions of men you’d best understand it’s because no one has the right to someone else’s body.

Your legal and social obligations as a member of society to other members of society begin at delivery, not at conception.

And people with disabilities are a natural part of our society. They have inalienable rights. And they will be regarded as people. And their inalienable rights as people will be respected and observed. Because they are, in fact, people.

If you support forced sterilization, you are anti-choice.

If you support forced sterilization, you are anti-choice.

If you support forced sterilization, you are anti-choice.

12 thoughts on “Forced sterilization is wrong. At any and all times. (or, Why Men Don’t Talk About Abortion 101)

  1. Pingback: Abortion is a right. At any and all times. (or, American Principles 101) | the fatal feminist

      1. Mother of One

        How about Allah’s rights over His servants?
        Does human rights trumps over His?

        This question, obviously, is from a Muslim(me) to another Muslim (author) so please, Non Muslims and atheists try not to chip in.

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  2. Dawn

    I, personally, will be taking my uterine functions offline and removing myself from the gene pool, and I consider this the morally correct thing for me to do. I have certain mental illnesses that I’d rather not name, but I have had enough pain from my particular variety that I do not want any children to go through this because of me. I would highly recommend that people at least *think* about what they’re passing to their kids, whether it be mental or physical problems. Just because you *can* doesn’t mean you *should.* It’s also arguable as to whether we should give certain people the right to screw up a child’s life. These are real people being birthed, who will have real lives with real pain caused by other people.

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    1. I, personally, will be taking my uterine functions offline and removing myself from the gene pool, and I consider this the morally correct thing for me to do.

      Good. That is your choice.

      whether we should give certain people the right to screw up a child’s life.

      Custody is another subject.

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  3. Bethany

    “It is because the rights of the father begin at delivery, not at conception” I personally agree with everything else you wrote, except for this statement.
    I like to think that the fathers rights do also begin at delivery, yes it’s not his uterus but it’s not a uterus in discussion at this point; it’s a baby! It’s not just the woman’s baby, it’s the fathers baby also. I’d like to think that, especially in my relationship- I’ve got no right to intrude on others- that the father of my baby will be given equal say at any and all opportunity when regarding this.
    great article though, I’m actually citing you in my 2nd year university essay!

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  4. Peta

    Try working with addicts for a few years and it becomes harder and harder each year to not advocate for forced sterilization, every heroin baby I hold makes it more and more difficult for me to hold to the belief that these people deserve the right to bring children into this world.

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