It’s a sad reality that abortion supporters are quick to judge and shout down pro-life men with cries of, “No uterus, no opinion!” Yet pro-choice men are lauded and welcome at Planned Parenthood rallies. Due to this hostility, a lot of pro-life men lack the confidence to be vocal in their beliefs. But men are allowed to oppose abortion, and here’s why.
What Makes Abortion Special?
In the midst of the Sexual Revolution, the abortion industry deliberately hijacked the feminist movement because abortion was too ugly to ever be able to stand on its own. This allowed it to be classified as a “women’s issue” instead of what it actually is – a human rights issue.
Abortion is special because pregnancy is special. The natural relationship and dynamic between a mother and a child is completely unique. Because women are so directly affected by abortion, feminism was a logical cause to hijack. But this inescapable biological reality doesn’t render men nonexistent.
An absolutely massive group of innocent human beings has been deemed subhuman and acceptable to kill. Standing against that violence knows no gender. Besides, no other human rights issue picks and chooses which humans are allowed to support it.
- Women are the primary victims of sexual assault. Does that mean men are not allowed to oppose it?
- Women are the primary sufferers of breast cancer. Does that mean men should not work to cure it?
- Women are the ones primarily sex trafficked. Does that mean men can’t work for anti-sex trafficking organizations?
Men are Important in Abortion Decisions
Lack of support or even coercion from the father of the child is a leading reason women choose abortion. Nearly half (48%) of women who chose abortion cited some type of relationship challenge as their driving factor.
“In a study performed by Shuping (2011), 76% of women stated they would have made a different choice if others had encouraged them differently. These findings illustrate the fact that women often feel abortion is their only option due to their partner’s feelings towards the pregnancy (Shuping, 2011).”
Even, “I’ll support you in whatever you decide” leaves a woman alone and wholly responsible for whatever choice is made about a child who, in reality, has two parents with equal responsibility for his/her future.
Lives have been saved on the sidewalks of abortion facilities because pro-life men encouraged the male partners of women entering for abortions to stand up for the lives of their children. So many people who feel compelled to choose abortion truly don’t want to and are just looking for one reason, one shred of hope, one supportive nudge to choose life instead.
Abortion Hurts Women
We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that abortion hurts women. Women deserve better than to have the potential physical and psychological risks hidden from them. There are too many women who found out weeks, months, or even years after their abortion 1) what the procedure actually consisted of 2) that it took a permanent physical toll on their body and/or 3) that it was to blame for emotional struggles later on.
New studies have shown that women who have abortions are 81% more likely to experience subsequent mental health problems.
- Substance Abuse
- Loss of self-confidence
- Insomnia or nightmares
- Relationship issues
- Loneliness or feelings of isolation
The medical community broadly recognizes these medical risks of abortion:
Risks if the abortion goes as planned:
- Heavy or persistent bleeding
- Damage to cervix
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Scarring of uterine lining
- Breast cancer
- Future premature birth(s) or miscarriages
Risks if things go awry:
- Infection or sepsis
- Placenta Previa
- Perforation of uterus
- Damage to other organs
Read more about abortion risks here. Anyone, male or female, can care about women being harmed.
Pro-Life Apologetics are Not Gender-Specific
The pro-life apologetics tools (apologetics means “defense of a position”) and information Students for Life offers are just as usable by men as they are by women. The gender of the person has no bearing on the science of when life begins and the morality of how we should treat other human beings.
Access our Pro-Life Apologetics resources here and contact your SFLA Regional Coordinator at [yourstate]@studentsforlife.org for further assistance with defending the pro-life position.