By Brian E Fisher
After forty years of protest and debate, we know something for sure approximately abortion: it is a women's factor. correct? flawed, says Brian Fisher in his ground-breaking reexamination of guys and abortion. He finds long-forgotten or never-known evidence to teach that abortion is especially a lot a man's trouble. And it really is a part of a protracted and tragic trend of male oppression of ladies. that is why the unique writer of the equivalent Rights modification, feminist Alice Paul, known as abortion the 'ultimate exploitation of women.' Fisher exhibits pick out staff of compassionate males led the best way within the nineteenth century to go legislation strengthening the criminalization of abortion and labored with feminists of that period to take action. however it was once males, now not girls, who drove the crusade that ended in the 1973 superb courtroom ruling giving ladies an unqualified correct to finish the lives in their pre-born teenagers. So what is in it for males? As feminist felony student Catharine MacKinnon observes, abortion 'does now not unencumber girls; it frees male sexual aggression.' Abortion is the final word get out of penitentiary unfastened card for males with non-committal intercourse lives. one other time table is at paintings besides. males use abortion to strengthen their racist, eugenic, and inhabitants regulate goals and schemes, as Fisher exhibits, bringing up their very own phrases. If males gave us abortion, males can finish it besides. Fisher outlines why and the way, and urges males to take in the duty with brave ladies. He lays out a five-point plan for males to 'with humility, faithfulness, and constant perseverance, devote our time, assets, power, middle, and testimony to finishing abortion in the USA for the sake of girls, males, and the family.'
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We had aborted our first child just a few months before. For 15 years, I was too ashamed to tell anyone what I had done, except my best friend. My wife and I never talked about it, we did not grieve together, and we hid it deep in the recesses of our minds. Our marriage began to unravel, and through extensive counseling, we realized how much of our struggle had come down to the decision to end the life of our first child. We began to deal with our own shame and guilt. We realized the extent of the mental and emotional trauma it had caused.
Their goal of using women to achieve their own selfish purposes has already been achieved. 舡 These 舠purposes舡 have very little to do with empowering women. In fact, man舗s relentless promotion of abortion exploits women in the most personal, debilitating, and disrespectful way. It is yet another tool to persecute and diminish women, pushing them farther away from gender equality. In the process, men are doing enormous damage to the physical and emotional well-being of millions of American women and their families.
Once in awhile, someone will respond with great enthusiasm, anxious to hear about that work. Too often, the person will look aside. I have learned what that means. They are post-abortive and have just been reminded of it. Sometimes they will tell me their story, but most of the time they quickly change the conversation. I suspect most post-abortive people expect me to be judgmental and think ill of them. That舗s not the case, as I have too often seen the intense pain and shame abortion brings.