What is Bodily Autonomy?

Bodily autonomy is the right of a person to govern what happens to their body without external influence or control, and threats, force, or violence from the state.

Bodily Autonomy includes, and is not limited to:  

   >  Freedom to choose whether or not, when, and how to form families

   >  Freedom to migrate and move within and across borders

   >  Resources, tools, and ability to make informed decisions

   >  Ability to control our labor and its termination without exploitation, harassment, or policing

   >  Freedom from all forms of state violence and invasion of privacy     


What is the Pledge to Fight for Our Right to Bodily Autonomy?

The Pledge to Fight for Our Right to Bodily Autonomy is a community sign-on letter for individuals and organizations that is part of the Freedom Action Now bodily autonomy campaign designed to positively impact the major political issue Wisconsin residents face as we approach the 2022 midterm elections – the reversal or “rollback” of our constitutional right to bodily autonomy. 

Because the 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision was an attack on privacy itself, the ruling has implications on a host of rights beyond abortion. The most important concept, however, that the ruling impacts is our right to bodily autonomy. 

The core issue we must confront today is not abortion per se, but the underlying issue of bodily autonomy. Even though we can win the issue of abortion narrowly, we can still lose on the broader question of bodily autonomy. However, winning on the question of bodily autonomy assures that we win on the question of abortion and so many others. 


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