Our Current Abortion Law as a Product of Men

6 Responses

  1. Angel Logue says:

    Thank you for sharing some of the little-known stories behind how we got to this awful place. I believe life is sacred, but much has to change in our political and cultural life that validates that belief for women to “choose life.”

  2. Even more persuasively argued than Serrin Foster’s great “Feminist Case Against Abortion” speech, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. Nicely done.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I have always felt that abortion was anti-feminist, but don’t let feminists hear you say that! 50 years ago why did women risk their lives and reproductive health in dodgey back yard abortions? It certainly had nothing to do with the fear of dying or having their bodies damaged by birth! All the reasons elective abortions exist are misogynist reasons.

  4. andrew watkins says:

    As one who is old enough to have cared for the complications of backyard abortions I find this argument selective and simplistic. Unsafe abortion remains one of the leading killers of women in the world.

    You omit to mention that all of the laws proscribing abortion, which go back millennia, were written by men in patriarchal societies. For all of this time women have continued to choose to take the risk of abortion. I think that this counts as voting with one’s feet ( and also reflects desperation and a lack of choices about either contraception or other aspects of life )

    One rather suspect that the reason that abortion and contraception have been so closely regulated by patriarchal societies is because women’s bodies are media through which men transmit property, having little to do with any concern for the interests of women.

    It is also worth noting that many of the studies associating abortion with intimate partner violence also show evidence of precisely other effects as well – forced pregnancy and denial of abortion or contraception. The core issue seems to be more to do with abusive male control over women in general.

    Why not just let the women make up their minds and stay out of it?

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