…being a man, with NO uterus, trust me on this…
-Random woman talking down to me on my Facebook page
I gotta be honest. There is nothing a pro-choicer can say that is more annoying than, “You don’t have a uterus, so you don’t get an opinion.” Or, “You’ll never be pregnant, so you don’t get to have a say.”
These comments come in many different forms, but they are all the same amount of ridiculous.
Abortion is one of the most important issues being discussed today. How can you tell someone they don’t get to have an opinion on a matter that effects ALL HUMANS moving forward in this society? And based on gender? What!?!?
Oh wait. Let’s be honest pro-choicers, it’s not actually gender that matters, is it?
Would you say having a uterus matters to…?
Let’s start at the top of the political food chain. Our current president, Barack Obama is pretty much in bed with Planned Parenthood. He supports abortion and gets to stand on stages in front of millions of people and tell us all how wonderful the abortion industry is. Why doesn’t someone shush him? He doesn’t have a uterus.
All the Supreme Court justices that ruled on Roe v. Wade, well there were no uteruses to rule on that decision. Ruh roh. Does it still count? Do we need a re-trial? (I say we need to revisit the case, but for lots of reasons)
As far as I can remember, when my wife Abby was still working at Planned Parenthood, all the doctors performing abortions were men. All but one, and she was only there to fill in for a day. They don’t have a uterus. Why do they get a pass? They’ll never get pregnant.
What about OBGYNs that are men? Does not having a uterus mean they will never fully understand how to take care of and council women? If the doctor supports abortion, that question doesn’t even remotely come up.
And then there is this guy. Regular Pro-choice Joe who supports women’s rights. (Really, just the right to abort in this case) He gets to walk tall amongst the uteruses. He is enlightened, and because he agrees with Pro-choice Jane, he gets to talk down to all us silly pro-life men that will never get pregnant. His opinion matters, even if he is nothing more than a womanizer that wants to have lots of sex and never have kids. We don’t judge him, so long as he can hold a sign at rallies. Are they all bad guys? Of course not. Some of them are being genuinely supportive. Many of them believe they are right, and I admire conviction. But still, they don’t have a uterus. How do we get around this? How does his opinion get to count without any opposition?
In my not so humble opinion…
If you say my opinion doesn’t count because I don’t have a uterus yet applaud male politicians and doctors that do support abortion, you are a hypocrite. You are full of poop and just don’t like being disagreed with. Maybe you have even allowed your bitter feelings to get in the way of having rational discussions on important issues. Using the “no uterus” response is just too convenient. It’s a cowardly attempt to shut down someone that doesn’t agree with you. We all get the same information on the subject. Yes, there are men who bail on the women they get pregnant. But does that mean you get to dismiss my opinion rather than tell the womanizing cowards out there to buck up and be more responsible?
The real kicker to me is that most of the people I know that are pro-life are women. In fact, my favorite pro-lifer happens to be my wife, who I have participated in procreation with on several occasions. That’s right. I’m a man and I have played a role in the whole reproductive process. Seriously, it’s science. Look it up. Men can do that. So how ’bout we support the ones that are good, responsible dads and human beings? Thanks again, Abby, for “allowing” me to have an opinion.
It seems to me, if you are a human with a brain, a heart, and a conscience you should get to have an opinion. It doesn’t matter if that person is good or evil, smart or less than smart, man or woman, gay or straight, fertile or infertile, athlete or intellectual… abortion effects us all. We should all be allowed to talk about it. It’s humans talking about human life, not men telling women what to do with their bodies. You want to get a tattoo or cosmetic surgery? Go for it. You want to kill the unborn child growing inside you? Yeah, I want to talk that one through considering it involves another person’s body. I’m sticking up for both the mother and the child and I am not going to let anyone shush me because I don’t have a uterus.
A little bonus video on the issue. Suggested by a good friend, who has a uterus.