In 1972, Roe v Wade was decided with a 7-2 vote in the supreme court, forcing the legalization of abortion in all 50 states. It immediately became one of the most controversial Supreme Court decisions. Its controversy has only increased with time and as scientific understanding has progressed.
Most people who have an opinion on abortion identify as either pro-life or pro-choice. Put simply, pro-choice people believe that women have the right to end their pregnancy while pro-life people believe that unborn babies are alive and abortion is having an abortion would be killing the most innocent among us.
One of the most common arguments of the pro-choice movement is that men can’t have an opinion on abortion because they aren’t the ones who have to carry the baby.While it is true that men don’t experience the physical repercussions of carrying a baby to term, it’s dangerous to say that men can’t have an opinion on abortion.
Opinions on abortion can often be simplified to one question: When does life begin? Because abortion is a question of life, men should have a say. Abortion is not simply about women’s reproductive health, abortion is about the health of the child that is housed and nurtured inside the mother.
Abortion isn’t a women’s issue. It is a life issue that everyone should be concerned about and this includes men.
When pro-choice advocates argue that abortion is all about the woman’s body, they completely discount the body within the womb. When pro-choice advocates argue that only women should have an opinion on abortion, they are dismissing the men who want to protect both the baby and the mother.
Men who are against abortion are not, “Trying to legislate women’s bodies.” Most men don’t care what a woman does with her body, they just don’t support what they know is murder. Men should have just as much of an opinion on life, both outside and inside the womb.
Both sides have men who fight for their ideas on abortion. Pro-choice advocates are just less transparent about it.
There have been plenty of news stories about men who are boycotting certain states over their more restrictive abortion laws. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have both vowed to boycott Georgia over their “Heartbeat Bill.” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also announced that he would be boycotting Georgia, along with any other states that push Pro-Life legislation.
Both the pro-choice and pro-life movements realize that they cannot win a cultural battle without half of the population. Pro-choice advocates are just more selective about what men they believe should have an opinion. Only men who are pro-choice are welcome to have an opinion in the mind of pro-choicers. This is a mistake though.
Abortion isn’t about men and women. Abortion is about life and death, and men should be speaking up.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.