It is an old political maxim “divide and rule.” The Pro-Choice/Pro-Life debate is a canard, a faux issue. It is a cleaver way to divide men and women. I am an “absolutist” on a woman’s right to choose. As a male, it would be the height of arrogance to embrace any other view. I know as sure as the sun is coming up tomorrow, that if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament. Men wouldn’t tolerate any restriction on their rights if it directly effected them. Everyone of my brothers out there knows the truth of what I have just said. I dare any of you to deny it! The joke is on men because women know this about us.
Every major religion is under the absolute control of men. Denying women reproductive freedom is how men keep women subjugated. Does anybody seriously believe that if women had had a modicum of power in the Catholic church that they would have silently stood by or would have aided and abetted the child molestation by those priests?
It is easy to engage in Jesuitical casuistries as a male. It is easy when pregnancy is an abstraction. Men, it’s too patronizing to march out our genuine concern for our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters because they might have an unwanted pregnancy. The fact is men don’t get pregnant! Women, it’s easy to wax philosophic after the fact about the sentimental memories.
To all of us, it’s quite another matter when “being late” is an anguish, a particular woman, can just not afford to have to endure. She is entitled to have her reproductive freedom completely intact. As a full citizen, she has an inalienable right to all the help the society can provide.
I am a Republican for Choice and as pro-life as any other. I challenge anyone to dispute that the two positions are not fully compatible. It is a statistical fact that more women die each year from a wanted pregnancy than the termination of an unwanted pregnancy. It stands to reason that being pro-life means protecting the life of a woman. Or are we now saying pro-life refers to all except, pregnant females?
Please, don’t mistake my passion for anger. Any feedback is welcome. I love to dispute the passage, but let’s try to do so, with civility and grace.