A common pro-choice sound bite is that “Government should stay out of our bedrooms.” It is an emotional play on the theme of privacy, but the logic is poor for several reasons.
I don’t know of any abortions that occur in bedrooms. I’m pretty sure that most take place at abortion clinics. Rape, incest, pedophilia, murders, thefts and a host of other crimes can occur in bedrooms, but I don’t hear anyone suggesting that the government ignore those.
I realize those items were taking the claim literally, but the pro-choice reasoning also fails in a figurative sense. Groups that claim to want the government out of bedrooms sure have cashed a lot of government checks for “educating” our youth on sexually related matters. Planned Parenthood and the like appear to have a great deal of interest in your bedroom activities and those of your children, and they crave and receive massive government funding and do their best to destroy anyone who gets in their way — even breast cancer charities like the Komen Foundation.
If by “government out of our bedrooms” they mean “government out of our sex lives,” then Planned Parenthood supporters should ask that they refund all the money they have received (Over $4 billion since 1987) and get out of our schools.
As with most pro-choice arguments, this claim ignores the primary issue of abortion: Whether or not an innocent human being is killed. If abortion doesn’t kill an innocent human being, then of course the government shouldn’t be involved in determining whether the procedure is legal. However, if it does kill an innocent human being, then it really doesn’t matter where the life of the unborn started. And of course, the scientific fact is that the unborn are unique, living human beings from fertilization.
The government does not get involved in “bedrooms” in the sense that they dictate with whom consent adults can have sex. But is should get involved when people want to destroy the unwanted human being created in those bedroom activities.
The Democrats want to intrude in the bedroom. From their 2012 Platform:
The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.
The greater irony and hypocrisy of the Left is that they now want government to be explicitly involved in the bedroom by forcing taxpayers to pay for birth control and abortions. They don’t mind if that tramples religious freedom. Pro-lifers are being consistent here: Keep the government out of the bedroom but protect innocent human beings, and respect the First Amendment.
In addition, as Glenn noted in the comments, they also want the government to get involved in the bedrooms of gays and lesbians. By nature and design those relationships don’t produce children and can never provide a mother and a father to child, so why would they need government involvement?
If you vote for the Democrats, you are voting for taxpayer-funded abortions, less religious freedom and government intrusion into the bedroom.