It is remarkable to me the amount of debate that occurs over the issue of whether or not men have a role in the abortion debate. Just check out this link and read through some of the comments to get an idea. It is amazingly emotionally charged.
And frankly, I am surprised that it is so emotionally charged because there is some very basic logic that applies to such a discussion that makes it clear that men have a say in the abortion debate.
Essentially, the idea that men have no say in the debate because they cannot experience abortion commits the ad hominem fallacy. Who cares if men cannot experience pregnancy? That is not what is being questioned. What is being questioned is the morality of abortion. And one does not have to be able to experience a thing in order to figure out whether or not that thing is moral or immoral? For example, if a white person a few centuries ago could not experience racism and could not own a slave, does that mean that he/she is unable to speak out against slavery? Of course not. Yet that is exactly what pro-choicers suggest when they say that men should not contribute to the debate because they cannot experience pregnancy and have never been pregnant.
And this really plays against the pro-choice position as well. After all, in the
nine Supreme Court Justices, all of
whom were men, decided to legalize abortion on-demand on a federal level. Thus in order to apply their logic
consistently, the pro-choicers must therefore say that Roe vs. Wade should be
overturned. Not to mention, they should
stop all of the male doctors and lawyers and politicians who advocate for
abortion from doing so. United
Of course most of them would not agree to that, and the reason they will most likely give is that such men were right to do so. But when they say that, they are not only being illogical by not consistently applying their logic concerning men and abortion, they are also begging the question. To assume that such men can promote abortion because it is the right position a) still makes doing so wrong based on their illogical beliefs (regardless of whether or not they are right or wrong, such men still cannot experience pregnancy and, thus, according to them, should not have a say) but also b) are assuming that the abortion debate is settled, even though it isn’t.
Like I said before, then, it is pretty easy to see that the idea that the abortion debate should not be argued by men because they cannot experience abortion is completely false and irrational. In fact, you do not even have to be pro-life in order to accept this. There are plenty of pro-choicers who argue against such fallacious reasoning themselves.
However, despite implications that I may have made throughout this post, it is not only pro-choicers that accept this kind of logic. There are, unfortunately, many men who are against abortion but feel that they need to keep quiet because they think that they have no right to speak out about it as a result of not being able to experience pregnancy itself.
This is where we pro-lifers need to step up. We need to reach out to these men. We need to show them why such a belief is illogical. And we need to show them that their voice is not only important, but essential. The pro-life movement is nothing if it is not a community working with and through each other. So when a man is afraid to reach out, or thinks that he has no right to, we must encourage that man all the more.
Everybody has the duty to defend life when it is threatened, in any and all circumstances. This is the message that must reach these men and all others who question the role they have in the abortion debate.