A Woman’s Right to Choose

Don’t let my title mislead you: I don’t want to get into the controversial subject of abortion. I’m talking about a woman’s right to choose how much salt to consume.

Recently, the FDA has proposed limiting the amount of salt in processed foods. This article notes that two Congressional supporters of the idea, Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, and Representative Rosa DeLauro from Connecticut, are urging the FDA to put this on the fast track.

It is interesting to note, however, that both Senator Harkin and Representative DeLauro support a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion. Representative DeLauro says, about proposed legislation to limit women’s access to abortions, “It invades women’s personal decisions.”

It appears, then, according to these legislators, that choosing whether to have an abortion is a personal decision, but choosing how much salt to eat is not. Like I said at the outset, I don’t want to discuss the abortion question, but I do support a woman’s right to choose how much salt to consume.

Randall G. Holcombe is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, the DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University, and author of the Independent Institute book Liberty in Peril: Democracy and Power in American History.
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