“Rights” have always been a twisted concept for liberals.Constitutional rights, like our right to bear arms? Who needs them?
But the right to everything in the world they deem good for free? Sign me up.
When it comes to reproductive rights, Planned Parenthood is ready to take the “right to choose” to an absurd new length: the right to withhold your HIV positive status from a partner. I wish I was joking, but as Kimberly Ells of The Federalist Reported:
It’s all laid out in International Planned Parenthood Federation’s booklet for HIV-positive youth entitled “Healthy, Happy and Hot.” It says, “Young people living with HIV have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose their HIV status.” It continues: “Sharing your HIV status is called disclosure. Your decision about whether to disclose may change with different people and situations. You have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose your HIV status.”In other words, Planned Parenthood thinks it’s your human right to risk exposing other people to a potentially deadly disease without telling them.
Of course this is nonsense legally, as in 35 states it’s illegal to have sex with someone while withholding an HIV positive status. So here’s PP’s latest civil rights crusade:
Planned Parenthood Federation is working to change that. “Healthy, Happy and Hot” explains, “Some countries have laws that say people living with HIV must tell their sexual partner(s) about their status before having sex, even if they use condoms or only engage in sexual activity with a low risk of giving HIV to someone else. These laws violate the rights of people living with HIV by forcing them to disclose or face the possibility of criminal charges.”The pamphlet then gives tips to protect oneself from criminalization, and does say that the best way to protect yourself (which is apparently more important than protecting your partner) is to tell your partner that you are infected before you have sex. This section ends with the statement, “Get involved in advocacy to change laws that violate your rights.”
In what’s probably the best articulation of the “do whatever you want, just don’t hurt anyone” philosophy, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once famously stated that “your right to swing your arms ends just where the other man’s nose begins.”Someone over at Planned Parenthood must’ve missed the memo.
In the world of Planned Parenthood, your right to sex is more important than your partner’s right to live. What a twisted “right” that is.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]