Should Men Have A Voice?

The epic trial of Roe Vs Wade celebrated 40 years this week. With being a “post evangelical,” Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ) mainline minister, it begged me to ask the question, “Should Men Have A Voice…in the conversation of abortion?” In this latest episode of Outlaw Theology I pose this question to my female subscribers, “Should Men Have A Voice?”

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  • Heather

    The issue of abortion is rather grey for me. I had a miscarriage a few years ago after trying for 4+ years to have a baby and I stayed on the warpath against any woman who willingly opted to abort a child for a long time. I understand the varying reasons behind why women choose to have abortions and I won’t waste space digressing them here. I do believe that there are circumstances where abortion may be the best option for the mother and unborn baby (baby has a terminal medical illness, baby was conceived during rape…among other circumstances). I also believe men should have a voice in the abortion debate. Men are half responsible in the conception of the child. Shouldn’t that contribution constitute the right to have an opinion as to whether or not the fetus lives or dies?
    That said, today I read about a proposed bill, drafted by a male politician, that would force a woman to carry and deliver a baby conceived during rape because the baby would be considered evidence. What the hell? This politician should be castrated. It is narrow-minded and absurd agendas (largely dictated by male leaders) that curb society’s desire to let the male population have a voice in the abortion debate.

  • Sunny

    One person should have a say in abortion: the woman whose body is on the line. I have never had an abortion and almost died getting my first child to a point where he could survive birth. I feel great sympathy for men whose partners abort fetuses that the man would have gladly supported and raised. However, as long as the woman is responsible for the physical discomfort and danger and is the one who will face whatever social, career and other life disruptions then the decision has to be hers and hers alone. No one on earth should be able to force a woman to give birth. No one.

  • Tami M

    Yes. Men should have a voice. But that voice should be tempered with knowledge and understanding of how their actions and inactions lead some women to choose abortion. The old chestnut “it takes two to tango” applies. Men should have a voice. But that voice needs to be saying, “How do I make sure this child I have helped create is supported?” or “How can I help my sisters in this world (yes, we are all your sisters) not need to choose abortion?”

  • Steve

    The key issue with abortion is first a question of biology: When does a new living human come into existence? The answer to that question is at fertilization/conception. From a medical/biological perspective, there is no argument there.

    The second question is: When do we believe that living humans should be recognized as having human rights? (Among those rights being the right to not be killed). This question is more philosophical – so this is where the real argument is.

    Coming to a conclusion on either of these questions doesn’t take a certain set of organs. It just requires the ability to think. This is an issue of human rights, so the only qualification for entering this discussion is being a human.

    I often hear that men should not be able to speak because they never have to worry about getting pregnant. Well… does that mean that infertile women cannot speak either? If a woman has a tubile ligation or hysterectomy, does that mean she cannot speak? If a man has a sex change, does he gain the ability to speak? These hypothetical merely point out the obvious – the effort to shut up men is illogical.

    I am a man. At one point in my life it was legal to kill me. I have a voice.

  • Ayin

    Men = mature, adult males

    I am not adverse to men having a voice on this issue or any other. My question is, how do we keep the patriarchal, eg0-driven, needy little-boys-pretending-to-be-men out of the conversation. Their voices don’t count for anything in my book, yet they tend to dominate conversations on feminist issues.

  • Richard G Evans

    Okay admittedly I am a man. However it skews the results to only ask women that question, I think. I wrote awhile ago on this very thing, and would just share that I do think men have a voice and why…here is the link to that post. See what you think.