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After years of shouting “no uterus, no opinion,” plastering the phrase on signs waved at every pro-choice rally and protest, abortion rights activists are now asking for more men to contribute their voices to the cause, according to articles by the Associated Press (AP) and other news organizations.
Though I’m glad they’re finally willing to hear more voices, this action demonstrates the horrible hypocrisy of the pro-choice movement.
“Everything we’re doing is focused on getting what are really millions of men — who in theory are pro-choice but are completely passive when it comes to their voice and their energy and their time in the fight for abortion rights and abortion access — to get off the sidelines and step in the fight as allies,” said Oren Jacobson, who co-founded Men4Choice in 2015, as quoted in the AP article “Abortion rights advocates say they need more men’s voices” published June 5, 2022.
I have one simple question: When a pro-life man speaks up about his stance on abortion, is he met with the same support?
Though both sides have their issues, this remains the biggest difference between pro-life and pro-choice. The pro-life argument centers on morality and right to life, where abortion is seen as killing a child. With this viewpoint, everyone — man or woman — can and should join the fight, since that moral concept is common to them all and a breach of that morality at such a level should not be tolerated. Meanwhile, the pro-choice argument focuses on bodily autonomy, where abortion is empowering women, and banning it is taking away her right to choose. This argument is women-focused and gender-specific, so for years pro-choice advocates have discouraged men from joining the fight. Again, “no uterus, no opinion.”
But with the possible and likely overturning of Roe v. Wade, abortion supporters have apparently realized they need more support, more voices. So they have embraced male allies, encouraging the men in the country to speak up — but only if they agree with the pro-choice agenda.
I don’t understand an argument where men who agree are welcomed but men who dare to consider another viewpoint are told they don’t have the right to voice their opinion.
“No uterus, no opinion” holds some ground when referencing government officials. Women should absolutely be a part of the decision, which is only possible through female lawmakers, judges and other representatives, which we currently have on the Supreme Court (where the decision to overturn Roe waits) and other areas of government. However, erasing the male voice in this debate is as equally wrong as ignoring the female one. They represent the views of the people, too.
Just because a woman is in government or law doesn’t mean women are represented. To illustrate, I am a woman (and, I should note, a steadfast feminist), and I am not represented by our current Vice President, Kamala Harris. She represents other voters, both men and women, but her views do not align with mine, so she does not represent me simply because she is a woman. We shouldn’t generalize an entire gender, nor should we vote for someone simply because she’s female, as that reduces women to their anatomy and works against the entire feminism movement.
All (educated) voices should be welcome and heard in any argument, no matter the demographics of the speaker. If they feel so compelled, I encourage all men (and all women) to research abortion, form an opinion based in fact and then act on that opinion, whether that be by writing, joining protests, influencing lawmakers (in a legal way) or whatever else, and to do all this no matter what opinion they reach.