Chuck Grassley: Accidental abortion rights advocate

The Iowa senator says the government "doing things to your body" without permission violates "right to privacy"



Katie McDonough
February 21, 2013 11:12PM (UTC)

Twitter haiku enthusiast Sen. Chuck Grassley has a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee and a subzero ranking from NARAL.

So what's he doing going on about a constitutional right to privacy -- the very backbone of Roe v. Wade?

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As Kalli Joy Gray reported, Grassley was recently asked by a constituent about the government's "plan" to implant microchips in preschoolers starting in 2013. A rather bored looking Grassley replied:

No. First of all, nothing can be done to your body without your permission. It’d be a violation of the constitutional right to privacy if that were to happen.

First, let's address the semantic point that, in a country without legal abortion, forced pregnancy would definitely be something "done to your body without your permission," thankyouverymuch.

Now, onto the small matter of a constitutional right to privacy. While not explicitly stated in the Constitution, Roe concluded that a right to privacy is one of the liberties protected under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment. But anti-choice types like Justice Antonin Scalia believe that “there’s no right to privacy in the Constitution -- no generalized right to privacy," which means no essential right for women to control their own fertility and reproduction.

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Except, now maybe Chuck Grassley thinks there is? Or maybe he just believes there is a right to privacy when it involves hypothetical microchips in toddlers?

Maybe he'll tweet a clarification.

 


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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