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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.

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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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    • Troglodyte curmudgeon
      Troglodyte curmudgeon May 23, 22:26

      I keep hearing that abortion is a “woman’s health matter”. Will then, let’s ask “the woman” to share with us, exactly what her “health issue is” and it could very well be a sound reason to consider an abortion. After all, “her” health might very well endanger the fetus health as well, and both could be lost. I seriously doubt the majority of abortions have anything to do with “health issues” at all.

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    • Jeffmo
      Jeffmo May 24, 01:10

      Yes, a bit incongruent to say the least.

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    • Kay
      Kay May 24, 02:06

      Larry, very well said! I don’t know whether Roe v Wade will be overturned now. But it will be eventually. The science is clearly there. We are changing minds. Whether we have changed enough, only time will tell. As far as the left’s claim “My body, my choice” – when there is a pregnancy, another person’s body us involved. Thank you for speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.

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  2. TRUMP2020
    TRUMP2020 May 23, 18:42

    I’m a conservative that also believes that a women should always have the right to choose! Can a women make you get a vasectomy? Why? Because its your body!

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  3. Jayzee
    Jayzee May 23, 18:56

    Larry’s columns are always spot on! He’s one smart guy.

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  4. Phoenixphil
    Phoenixphil May 23, 19:00

    Well said, and, beautifully written.

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  5. Missy
    Missy May 23, 21:18

    I’ve heard this same tired, illogial mantra from the pro-abortion crowd for years. Do these same idiots also think there shouldn’t be any male obstetricians or gynecologists, either?

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  6. Zinxeb
    Zinxeb May 23, 22:31

    If men were all so caring of women, they would not rape them…or father a child with them through incest. And if all neocon men were so concerned about their ‘say’ in the birth of a child, they wouldn’t expect a woman to carry a child for nine monthsthat was conceived from rape or incest.

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  7. Penni B
    Penni B May 23, 23:07

    Frankly, they also try to silence pro-life women’s voices. Are pro-life women welcome at a so-called ‘women’s march? Certainly not! They also will never admit that the first feminists were pro-life. (Including Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.) Maddie Brinkerhoff sums up my view: “When a man steals to satisfy hunger, we may safely conclude there is something wrong with society. So when a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is an evidence that either by education or circumstance, she has been greatly wronged.” The modern feminist movement will be judged by the Feminist Foremothers, and their judgement will be a just condemnation of modern feminism.

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  8. ProChoice
    ProChoice May 24, 08:53

    Your article is incorrect. Georgia doesn’t have a FEMALE governor. Stacey Abrams lost the election. Try to get your facts straight.

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  9. Larry
    Larry May 24, 09:25

    Hi LarryYou raise some good points about men having “skin in the game” with respect to abortion.I especially like the one about expected child support for an unwed mother.But I believe you have some grey areas the article ignores, where characterizations of fallacy are given for certain biological aspects of pregnancy you maintain are political.Men don’t get pregnant.  They are not subject to biological complications which can result from pregnancy.  And pregnancy resulting from a woman forcibly raping a man is extremely rare.  The above represent a few of the grey areas in question, but my rebuttal is not as narrowly focused as your article with respect to men.  In my opinion, in general, neither men, women, computers, ministers, the Government, statisticians, nor society in general have a right to decide for an individual woman, what her choice should be, without regard for circumstances of the pregnancy affecting that woman.I can understand that once a baby is born, it is a new individual with rights to life like all other individuals, and the mother should not be allowed to make a yes or no decision at that time.  But there should be some time, after conception, and before that birth, where the decision is one shared by the mother, and the father if he is available, and the parents if she is a minor, and information provided by a qualified physician.   Now back to the grey areas, to wrap it up…. Some of these laws disallow abortion for incredibly ridiculous conditions.  Do you think there would be any hesitation on the part of any pro-lifer to seek an abortion for their 12 year old daughter who was impregnated by a rapist ?  Would you hesitate one second Larry ?Or if the pediatrician calls the mother and father in to bare the unfortunate news that complications are such that the mother is not expected to survive if the pregnancy goes forward, do you feel like some outside authority should define their course of action ?I just don’t understand how some people can fell like they have any business in the decision about how some unwanted pregnancies should be dealt with, and would really like to see if their opinion changed if the situation was personal, and affected their life or a life of a loved one.As far as I know, there are no laws or outcries when somebody suffering from a condition that is painful and likely to result in death decides to have life support removed.  Some things, others have no business declaring what should be done.  
    Also Larry
    Torrance (southwest Los Angeles)  

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  10. 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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