"Rights" are simply things a society deems we can get away with.According to Jersey, rights are determined by society. Jersey does not buy into natural rights theory--the notion that human beings all have inherent rights by virtue of being sapient beings. I subscribe to the notion that one does not even need to believe in God to believe in natural rights theory. If tomorrow we discovered that God does not exist, I would still maintain that humans have natural rights.
I will explain that later, but for now lets stick with Jersey's line of logic and follow it to its conclusions. If rights are determined by society, then that would throw out the entire notion of spiritedness--or as the Greeks called it "thumos." Thumos is that anger, that indignation we feel when we know we have been wronged in some way.
With Jersey's line of thinking, that anger we feel when we are wronged is completely unjustified. So, since German society decided it was a good idea to round up the Jews and murder them, that's totally fine because rights are determined by society. The Jews didn't deserve to live--none of them had the right to live in peace because German society said the didn't.
But we all know that's complete bullshit. If tomorrow, American society decided that women no longer have the right to choose whether or not to keep a pregnancy, I guaran-goddamn-tee that nearly all women would be in an uproar. Hell, I would be in an uproar, because all women inherently have the right to choose what to do with their bodies.
The Founding Fathers used very careful words in their writings. They used words such as "abriged," and "infringe," when talking about rights. They never, ever said that rights can be taken away: because they can't. Rights are inherent to the human species. We are sapient. We are capable of reason, making claims on this world, and we have aspirations.
We are not cattle to be farmed, and we are meant to live free. How many humans enjoy being slaves? How many humans like to be told to "shut up" by their government? Even Jersey feels indignant when he thinks that the Republicans are trying to abridge his rights.
Yes, the government can prevent you from exercising your rights, but it cannot take them away. Just because your government says that you are not allowed to practice whatever religion you want doesn't mean your right to freedom of religion is gone. You still have that right, and any human who is not willing to be another man's slave would fight to uphold his ability to exercise it.
This is how we are able to say that the Nazis were wrong, that Stalin was a tyrant, and that the Iranian government is oppressive. Because all humans, by virtue of their nature, have rights that they ought to exercise freely.
Jersey, by expressing that the Republicans would be wrong to ban abortion, you admit to believing in natural rights. They simply cannot do that, and if they did ban abortion they would be in the wrong and you would say that they are violating the rights of women. But by your logic, if the Republicans are in charge then they are the ones who determine women's rights. So you could not be legitimately angry at them, because they are the bestower of rights.
But you would be angry. I would be angry. Most people would be angry, because humans have rights regardless of what the government may say. Think of rights as freedoms that every human being deserves. You don't need the government to tell you that you deserve to live free. You know it in your heart. Human beings deserve to live free.