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Time for some mansplaining on abortion

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Time for some mansplaining on abortion

Time for some mansplaining on abortion
May 22
15:43 2019

As a guy who is prolife, I cannot count the number of times – in person and over the airwaves – that I have been told to butt out of any conversation regarding abortion.  In an effort to silence civil discussion over a very passionate issue, a lot of ladies of the left say that no man has any business talking about abortion.  It is an issue exclusively in the interest and preview of a woman.

The more extreme, man-hating feminists contend that men opposed to abortion are trying to control women — subordinate women.  Recently, Dr. Leana Wen, the head of Planned Parenthood extended the abortion debate as an attack on women’s health in general.  It was an attack on cervical cancer and other uterus issues.  Personally, I see no connection between those two dots, but then I am one of those … men.

If you buy the argument that abortion is simply and exclusively a woman’s issue, I suppose you can believe men have no say in the issue.  There is a problem, however.  Making it a woman’s only issue is a clever political tactic, but it is simply not true.

Men have as much of a vested interest in abortion as do women.  After all, they did the “investing.”  A human embryo, fetus, infant is the product of a woman AND a man.  Providence or evolution left the woman with the initial care and feeding of the human life for the first few months, but that does not – or at least, should not — abrogate the male role.

If an unwed woman decides to “keep” the child, society is quick to recognize the role of the male in terms of child support.  And yet, we are supposed to believe that he has no rights … no interest … over the life or death of his child.

There are other reasons why a man has a right … nay, an obligation … to engage in the abortion debate.  It is a moral issue that involves everyone in a civil society.  Millions of Americans view abortion as the wrongful taking of a human life.  Terminating the lives of human beings is not a sex-based issue.  That abortions take protectable human lives is not a belief that can be … or should be … dismissed out of hand – as the pro-abortion advocates are wanting to do.  For many prolife advocates, such as myself, it is as fundamental a moral issue as was slavery – and I do not believe we would have accepted that slavery is merely an issue to be addressed by plantation owners.  The notion that the fetus is the “property” of the woman who happens to possess it at the moment is biological and genetic nonsense.

That brings up the mantra that it is HER body for HER with which to deal.  Another political falsehood.  The fetus did not come as standard equipment of the female body.  Many women never carry a fetus.  It is a new human life necessarily generated in partnership with a man.  Once the female egg is fertilized by the male sperm that microscopic plasma contains everything that we call human —  the hair color, the gender, every organ of the body.

Pro-abortion feminists may not care that the vast majority of abortion eliminate the girls.  It is almost a matter of policy in places like China.  But that does not mean that a lot of men would not have a parochial interest in all those baby boys being terminated.  Liberal black politicians may not care that abortions in America are targeting the black community – a genocidal tradition that goes back to Planned Parenthood’s racist founder, Margaret Sanger.  So, was it wrong for a man named Martin Luther King (and more currently, his niece) to fight against abortion as racist?

Also … why is it that the only men who should shut up about abortion are those with prolife views.  I recently saw left-wing Senator Richard Blumenthal speak at a pro-abortion rally – and none of the ladies told him to “butt out.”

The pro-abortion community is particularly upset these days because a number of state legislatures are passing laws severely restricting abortions.  The abortion proponents claim it is all because of those toxic old men sitting in those legislatures.  They fail to recognize that a lot of lady legislators are prolife –and the most restricted law in America was just passed by the Georgia legislature and signed by a FEMALE governor. Another bill in Louisiana was signed by a male governor – a Democrat, no less.  The left is loathe to admit that all those prolife legislators got their jobs from the people – including a lot of women voters.

As was the case with slavery, America will again come to its moral senses.  Abortion-on-demand will end – beginning with infanticide and late-term abortions currently promoted by the ladies (and men) of the radical left.  And it will be because a lot of men did NOT butt out.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. radman414
    radman414 May 23, 18:37

    “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want.” — Mother Teresa.

    And just like that, the Democrats went from “freaking out” about young children from a foreign nation being separated from their parents who broke the law by entering the country illegally to freaking out that the next Supreme Court might take away the “right” of a woman to kill their own child in the womb for convenience…as “birth control.” Seriously????

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  2. Anthony
    Anthony May 27, 23:56

    As you say, one never hears a pro-abortion male shouted down because he’s not entitled to have an opinion on the subject. Conversely, pro-life women are shouted down at least as vehemently as pro-life men. The hypocrisy is mind-boggling but not surprising. Beliefs and practices that aren’t rooted in either truth or justice can only be defended by linguistic subterfuge and by desperate ad hominem attacks, since no appeal to reason is possible.

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