The right to control your own body
Nothing is more fundamental than the ability to control what happens to your body: what you eat, your healthcare, what you wear, the medicine and drugs you use. The right to control these activities is self-evident, yet there have been many attempts to put legal constrants what people do with their bodies. The Uniting Amendment includes specific provisions to protect that right. Among them are:
- "The right to control one's own body, including the ingestion of intoxicants and selection of nutrients, or to otherwise alter her body or abilities shall not be infringed, provided that such alteration or ingestion does not: create a burden for others; diminish her ability to meet obligations; nor increase the likelihood that people or creatures could be harmed or that the rights of others could be infringed.
- No one may be subjected to the intentional, nonconsensual, infliction of pain, suffering, or inhumane or degrading treatment regardless of age, relation or condition.
- No one who is capable of giving informed consent may be compelled to participate in any medical procedure, research study or scientific experiment; those who are incapable of giving informed consent may not be compelled to participate in a manner that is not for their own benefit."