Should Men Even Have A Say?

Jun 4 2009 @ 8:17am

A reader writes:

Fetus not have without reading these extraordinary accounts."

Exactly.  Of course you do.  Of course you never thought of abortion like these people have.  You're a man.  You've never been pregnant.  You've never been married to a woman.  You've never had that woman put into this kind of choice.

Every time I see some new abortion bill being signed, further making it harder for a woman to seek an abortion, it's always signed by an old man at a table surrounded by other old men. Sometimes there's the occasional big-haired Christian old woman nearby – a fig-leaf.  Abortion restrictions are almost always made by men imposing their views on women. The only women I know who support abortion restrictions are ones who've never been in the position that the overwhelming majority of women seeking abortions find themselves.

Of course women have a unique and often more legitimate perspective on abortion. But to strictly genderize the debate is a red herring. After all, Roe was decided by seven old men.