Quote: “Nature is on the side of self-ownership, self-guidance.”

We see that each man and each woman is individually endowed by nature with a separate, complete, and perfect machinery for self-guidance — the mind to guide, the body to act under its guidance; and we hold, as a great natural fact as well as a great moral truth — probably from a human point of view the greatest of all facts and the greatest of all truths — that each man owns his own body and mind, and thus cannot rightfully own the body and mind of another man.