I have watched, with growing repulsion, as the reproductive health debate degenerates into nothing more than a gender slinging match with each passing day; Basically, those pro-choice, mostly women and a few metrosexual liberal men, have taken a hard-line stand in which the rest of men are lumped under the ignoble description of being nothing more than neanderthal chauvinists who are pushing for the enslavement of any woman who gets pregnant without intending to and who would like to take away the right of a woman to control what she should carry in her own body. The pro-life group, on the other hand, basically sees those who would commit abortion as murderers who want to deny an innocent baby the very breath of life that they fervently enjoy themselves.
The reason this particular issue raises the ugly head of inequality has to do with several factors, chief among these is the insistence of most governments to decide on abortion, this implies that a woman’s body, her uterus, is not her own but is actually controlled by the state who, incidentally, happen to have a male majority in positions of political leadership and policy formulation. I recall one fierce pro-choice blogger who put it that; there would be howling from all males, liberal or conservative, were the state to move in and claim sovereignty over men’s penises and testicles, according to her, those who profess to be pro-life are only interested in subjugating all women who become pregnant and making them beholden to the state and its archaic male-leaning policies. It is not surprising that pro-life activists often claim that the goal of pro-lifers is not to reduce, or possibly eliminate, abortion, but that it is geared towards enslaving womenfolk by limiting their freedom to engage in sex because of the “chastisement” that is pregnancy.
So, is abortion really a women’s right issue directly related to a march towards gender parity or is it just a liberal women’s issue being pushed by a few hardcore feminists who, ironically, incessantly harp on the line that men are incapable of understanding this issue and as such do not qualify to render an opinion by virtue of being men? There is even an argument that blocking legal abortions is tantamount to governments ordering all unmarried men be sterilized to prevent pregnancies; I don’t know how many see that as a fitting analogy.
PS. I have created a poll on the same issue, feel free to participate