Abortion and Men
MEN ARE A PART OF THE CONVERSATION
THE ROLE OF MEN IN ABORTION
1. Abortion was legalized by men. In 1969, under the leadership of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, the Criminal Law Amendment Act legalized abortion in certain cases. It was men that used their voices to allow abortion to first become legal in Canada and it is men who struck down Canada's abortion law in 1988.
2. According to a study in the Journal of American Physicians & Surgeons, 58.3% of women reported aborting to make others happy, 73.8% disagreed that their decision to abort was entirely free from even subtle pressure from others to abort, 28.4% aborted out of fear of losing their partner if they did not abort. Although framed as the woman's choice, the majority of women face external pressure to choose abortion, primarily from the father of the baby.
3. Abortion lets men off the hook. A man can say he supports a woman’s right to choose, even if his support has nothing to do with women’s rights but his own desire for sexual freedom. Abortion on demand abdicates men from their responsibilities when it comes to sex, pregnancy, and raising children. On the flip side, there are men who are devastated when they are told they have no say in what happens to the child they helped conceive.
4. Abortion is a human rights issue, since abortion is the deliberate termination of a life in the womb. Men can and should protect the life of his fellow human.
Framing abortion solely as a woman's issue is unfair to both women, babies, and men. Men are part of the conversation when it comes to abortion.
A woman's body produces a fertile egg for approximately 24 hours each month. A man's sperm is fertile every second of every day. Yet women carry the bulk of responsibility in preventing pregnancy. Men should be held more accountable, not less.