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    'Why is it your right to take away my right to choose?': Teenager slams top Republican senator during testy town hall

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    A 16-year-old girl from Tucson slammed Arizona Republican senator Jeff Flake during a town hall on Thursday, grilling him over his support for a law that will give states the right to deny Title X funds to family-planning centers that also provide abortions, like Planned Parenthood.

    President Trump signed the bill into law on Thursday, the same day as Flake's town hall, and it was seen by many as a strike at Planned Parenthood, which uses Title X money to provide healthcare to millions of low-income women across the country.

    "Jeff Flake, my name is Deja Foxx and I'm a 16-year-old from Tucson," Foxx began. "I just want to state some facts. So, I'm a young woman, and you're a middle-aged man. I'm a person of color, and you're white. I come from a background of poverty, and I didn't always have parents to guide me through life. You come from privilege," she continued, amid shouts of support from the crowd.

    "So, I'm wondering, as a Planned Parenthood patient and someone who relies on Title X, who you are clearly not, why it's your right to take away my right to choose Planned Parenthood and to choose no-co-pay birth control, to access that," Foxx said. "So, if you can explain that to me, I would appreciate it."

    Her comments drew raucous applause from the audience, and Flake waited for the noise to die down before addressing Foxx.

    "I'm glad to hear of my privileged childhood," Flake said, before adding that he was one of 11 children and paid his own college tuition. He continued, "I am fortunate that I have a wonderful job representing the state of Arizaona," drawing boos from the crowd.

    "Privilege comes in many forms," Foxx shot back.

    Flake acknowledged that and said, "I've had a lot of advantages that others havent. What I want is to make sure that everyone can realize the American dream that all of have been successful at. So, that's what I try to do, that's why I support the policies that I support," he added.

    Foxx rebutted Flake's comments, saying that her dream was to complete higher education and that Planned Parenthood was helping her do that. "Why would you deny me the American dream?" she asked.

    Foxx had also participated at a patient roundtable earlier that day and explained why the issue was so important to her. "I am a 'youth on their own' ó meaning I donít live with my parents or have a permanent home," she said, using a script provided to her by Planned Parenthood. "So when I needed birth control and reproductive health care, I didnít have anyone to help me navigate the health care system."

    She added that because she did not have access to her state insurance card, her healthcare was covered entirely by Title X funds. Foxx also expressed her desire to one day run for political office, saying that "someone has got to stop these political attacks on our reproductive rights."
    "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human liberty. It is the argument of tyrants; the creed of slaves."-William Pitt the Younger

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    Flakes response (full disclosure: I'd like to see him voted out of office) wasn't necessarily bad (in spite of the clearly very "progressive" audience's response)....but he missed an opportunity to educate this young woman and the rest of the general public about natural, negative rights (having no right to that which requires action on anyone else's part).

    Perhaps the whole concept was far too nuanced for the audience he was addressing....but I'd argue the concept needs to gain traction across the board if we are ever to have any hope of restoring true liberty in this country. Hell, Flake himself may not understand the concept...and if that's the case, again, it illustrates the underlying problem.

    Obviously, there's far more wrong with this 16 year old's concept of rights than merely entitlement....but that was the underlying premise where her argument lost all functional semblance of legitimacy.
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