When standing next to my male co-worker on a Michigan campus, I overheard the all too common accusation from two pro-abortion college women, “I don’t care why you’re pro-life. You’re a man. You can’t get pregnant.”
While this may seem like a logical conclusion, it is quite the opposite. Not only are men allowed to talk about why abortion is wrong, they should. In celebration of Father’s Day, I want to talk the time and address the issue of men and abortion.
First, arguments do not have gender, people do. How does one’s ability to become pregnant make them eligible or ineligible to present scientific evidence that the pre-born are human? Do the pro-life truths all of a sudden become less true because they are spoken by a man then if they were spoken by a women? No. We do not apply this logic to any other human rights violation, so why is being used to justify abortion? Can men talk about sex-trafficking if they aren’t potential victims? Can men fight for racial equality if they are white? Then why must they be silent on behalf of pre-born children?
Also, if we follow this argument then Roe v. Wade must be overturned. Why? Because it was decided by 9 Supreme Court Justices who were men. In this case, is it only certain men that can take part in the abortion debate? Why do these 9 men have a free-pass from the pro-abortion movement but the rest can not speak? Can men only talk about abortion if they agree? If pro-life men can’t talk about abortion, why can pro-abortion men? If abortion supporters insist on this, we must challenge them to be consistent.
Let’s take the argument even further. If men can not talk about abortion because they cannot get pregnant, then what about pre-pubescent girls and post-menopausal women? They cannot get pregnant, either, so can they talk about abortion? According to this logic, no.
Not only can men talk about abortion, they should talk about abortion.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s research arm, half of women who have abortions say they are doing so because they do not want to be a single parent, or are having problems with the father of the child. There are countless stories of men coercing women to have abortions, or even threatening them because they do not want to be responsible for a child. Legal abortion allows men to be sexually promiscuous with no repercussions. Scott Klusendorf says, “Legalized abortion is a men’s liberation movement.” (Klusendorf, Students for Life, pg 114). Early feminists like Susan B. Anthony were against abortion for this very reason. Abortion exploits women, it does not liberate them.
Our society needs men to step up and take responsibility for the women and children in their lives. Half of the women who walked into the abortion facilities in 2011 had no support from their pre-born’s child’s father, leading them to abortion. If those men would have been present in the lives of their partner, the abortion rate would significantly decrease.
Students for Life would like to take this time to thank every father who loved and supported their children, born and pre-born. Thank you for fighting for the next generation!