This, incidentally, is the classical liberal (a.k.a. small government) rationale behind allowing reproductive and gay rights, amongst other things, and why you’ll occasionally see small-c conservative types1 supporting these issues. As the article points out, however, pro-choice/pro-gay arguments based on privacy tend to be less resilient over time than arguments based on straight-up equality. Which is perhaps why gay rights, with the queer community’s focus on being “out and proud” and yet still demanding equality, has more traction than reproductive rights, which still focuses very heavily on privacy-based arguments.
- Also known as “small-l Liberals” or “wets” in Australia. ^