A reader writes:
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.