Franks was the perfect choice for the Globe’s farcical hit piece, since she can always be counted on to bash anyone with a “devotion to guns.” As laughable as it sounds, Franks was assigned by the newspaper to “Redo the first two amendments,” which she did.
The Second Amendment, she wrote, has an “idiosyncratic and anachronistic focus” on militias and arms, which the good professor says “degrades the concept of self-defense.”
“The right to safeguard one’s life should not be conflated with or reduced to the right to use a weapon, especially a weapon that is so much more likely to inflict injury and death than to avoid it,” Franks wrote. “Far better would be an amendment that guarantees a meaningful right to bodily autonomy and obligates the government to implement reasonable measures to protect public health and safety.”
Here’s how Franks would change the Second Amendment, and you’ll notice that her edited version now includes abortion rights:
“All people have the right to bodily autonomy consistent with the right of other people to the same, including the right to defend themselves against unlawful force and the right of self-determination in reproductive matters. The government shall take reasonable measures to protect the health and safety of the public as a whole,” she wrote.