Season 3 of the Netflix original “The Ranch” kicked off almost immediately with Colt (Ashton Kutcher) finding out that his ex-girlfriend ,who is now the mother of his preborn child, Heather (Kelli Goss), has decided to have an abortion, despite his professed commitment to supporting them. She is visibly upset and tells him she’s too young to have a child, dramatically telling him that he’s off the hook. “This is wrong,” he tells her. “Don’t take the easy way out.” She hands him back the baby sports jersey he’d given her, and after telling him he has no say in whether his child lives or not, takes off. He is devastated by her news, sobbing and punching his steering wheel.
Colt finds no support in anyone he tells about his situation, most especially his mother (Debra Winger), who pushes for his acceptance of Heather’s “decision.” He points out the irony of how he didn’t have a say in the matter unless she chooses life and then he would be responsible. His mother agrees and says it’s because having a baby would ‘affect her more.’ The writers made sure to include the pro-abortion movement’s favorite line of: It’s her body, so it’s her choice.
It’s this second-wave, pro-abortion feminism expressed by Winger’s character that is stripping fathers of their voices every single day in our nation. Modern feminism has simply silenced men into submission. We meet young men all the time who feel trapped and left without a voice in the matter of life or death of their preborn child. We know so many fathers who desperately wanted to take responsibility for their child but were given no choice. They were told to shut up, drive her to the abortion facility, and deal with it. Even in the episode, they note the biological truth that it takes two to make a baby. So, there are two parents who should have equal say regarding their child’s well-being.
Men should feel confident enough to stand up for their child’s life. It is a double-tragedy when you meet couples who have an abortion that neither the father nor the mother wanted to go through with. She didn’t want to abort but asked her partner, who doesn’t want to abort either, what he thought and he just repeated the line told by his mother of “I’ll support you either way”…which she took as a code-word for “get an abortion.” All she really needed to hear was, “We can do this.”
We witnessed an example of this just recently when track Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross shared her personal story of her 2008 abortion that sent her into a downward spiral. Like many other couples, they discovered after the fact that neither she nor her baby’s father wanted to go through with the abortion but did…because he didn’t speak up.
Men regret lost fatherhood. They too are victims of the abortion industry and their more than 40 year propaganda machine. No man should feel so powerless when his child’s life is on the line, period.