My Body, My Choice: Did the Media Support for COVID Mandates Hurt Support for Roe v. Wade?

May 7th, 2022 4:00 PM

So the cries of anguish and anger from the American left goes up.

The leaked opinion from the Supreme Court says there is a possibility the controversial 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion may, in fact, be overruled. And the angry shriek from all manner of left-leaning media is that leftist favorite cry: “My body my choice.”

Well now. No one has done a better job of eviscerating that logic of “my body my choice” than, yes indeed, the self-same left-wing media. Samples? Glad you asked.

Here is The Washington Post editorial board on the subject:

The foolish GOP grandstanding against vaccine mandates

Then there was this approving piece from The New York Times:

F.D.A. Fully Approves Pfizer-BioNTech’s Vaccine, a First for a Covid-19 Shot
The move was expected to kick off a round of new vaccination mandates from hospitals, schools and private companies

The Times noted the various institutions who were happily violating the “my body my choice” gospel:

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and older, a decision that is likely to set off a cascade of vaccine requirements by hospitals, colleges and universities, corporations and other organizations.

Within hours, the Pentagon, CVS, the State University of New York system and the New York City school system, among others, announced that they would enforce mandates they had prepared but made contingent on the F.D.A.’s action.

New York magazine headlined this:

Vaccine Mandates Are for the Public Good

Over there at MSNBC was this:

Biden's Covid vaccine mandate for workers is his boldest move yet

Written by MSNBC Opinion columnist Dr. Kavita Patel, the network happily said this:

The plan President Joe Biden announced Thursday to defeat Covid-19 will likely stand out as one of the most significant actions of his administration. It is an outlier in many ways in that it is the boldest move we’ve seen to raise the vaccination rate in the United States, setting up a domino effect across the country to expand mandates in local settings.

Which is to say, MSNBC’s columnist was thrilled that the Biden order will “expand mandates” across the country.

Over there at CNN, the network’s Chris Cillizza headlined this:

Why Joe Biden should go all-in on vaccine mandates

Then there was this Fox News report on The Washington Post support for mask mandates on airlines:

WaPo editorial board supports federal no-fly list for passengers who don't obey mask mandates on flight
GOP senators say a national no-fly list would compare mask flouters to terrorists

Say again, the Washington Post seriously demanded that if a prospective airline passenger stands up for “my body my choice” then they should in fact be placed on a “national no-fly list.”

There’s tons more examples of this media obsession supporting -- make that demanding -- mandates for vaccines and masks.

In other words? The left-leaning media was out there weekly if not daily or hourly for almost two years quite effectively convincing millions of Americans that to say “my body my choice” was not only selfish and morally wrong it was a threat to human lives.

And it’s safe to say that message has been received.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but all those millions of Americans who oppose abortion call themselves, yes indeed, “pro-life.” Which is exactly what all those liberal media types are saying when they demand vaccine and mask mandates. They save lives, we are told, and who can be opposed to saving lives?

The irony here is so thick it would take a chain saw to cut through it.

So now someone inside the Court -- one suspects an outraged liberal clerk but who knows -- has chosen to leak a draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion that would, with five if not six Justices in support, finally overrule the Roe doctrine of “my body my choice.”

But if that is in fact what happens, the lefty media must  shoulder its share of responsibility for the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

It is the lefty media -- The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, MSNBC, CNN and more -- that has spent the last two years drilling into the heads of Americans that they have no right to say “my body my choice” when it comes to mandates for vaccines and masks. And that, in fact, for Americans to insist on “my body my choice” is an outrageous breach of both the public health and simple basic consideration for the lives of their fellow Americans.

Whatever else this leak out of the Supreme Court shows, it is unintentional proof that the doctrine of “my body my choice” has been seriously damaged.

Damaged by the left-leaning media and its supporters.

Ya can’t make it up.