I’m gritting my teeth at several comments aimed at abortion these past few days. As usual, I listen to men try to make something that is awoman’s issue into a topic of social, moral, religious and political outrage. Too arrogant to understand that their only valid voice in the abortion debate is in disagreeing with it — not attempting to outlaw it — these men puff up in their superiority and feel entitled to deny women a legitimate identity, separate but equal to their own.
Perhaps the men most focused on controlling a woman’s body should take a moment and consider what a failure our male “leaders” have been in regard to the lack of male sexual responsibility in the abortion debate. Nothing’s said about the failure of men to demand, expect and prepare young males to take the lead in being proactive in respect to unwanted pregnancies. I certainly haven’t seen outraged politicians, religious leaders, or opinionated letter writers demand more accountability from their male counterparts.
Men who fail to hold other males answerable in the pregnancy equation have no place in the abortion debate, and they certainly aren’t woman enough to make a woman’s decision.
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