By Brian E Fisher
After forty years of protest and debate, we know something for yes approximately abortion: it is a women's factor. correct? incorrect, says Brian Fisher in his ground-breaking reexamination of guys and abortion. He unearths long-forgotten or never-known evidence to teach that abortion is particularly a lot a man's obstacle. And it is a part of a protracted and tragic development of male oppression of girls. that's why the unique writer of the equivalent Rights modification, feminist Alice Paul, known as abortion the 'ultimate exploitation of women.' Fisher exhibits decide on crew of compassionate males led the way in which within the nineteenth century to move legislation strengthening the criminalization of abortion and labored with feminists of that period to take action. however it used to be males, no longer ladies, who drove the crusade that ended in the 1973 ideal court docket ruling giving girls an unqualified correct to finish the lives in their pre-born childrens. So what is in it for males? As feminist criminal student Catharine MacKinnon observes, abortion 'does now not unencumber girls; it frees male sexual aggression.' Abortion is the last word get out of prison loose card for males with non-committal intercourse lives. one other time table is at paintings besides. males use abortion to improve their racist, eugenic, and inhabitants keep watch over goals and schemes, as Fisher exhibits, bringing up their very own phrases. If males gave us abortion, males can finish it to boot. Fisher outlines why and the way, and urges males to absorb the duty with brave girls. He lays out a five-point plan for males to 'with humility, faithfulness, and constant perseverance, dedicate our time, assets, strength, center, and testimony to finishing abortion in the United States for the sake of ladies, males, and the family.'
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After Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden, things went downhill for women in general. Most ancient civilizations viewed women as slaves and property. In ancient Greece, women had little to no freedom. 舡 In a play by Aristophanes, the female character, Calonice, says, 舠We women can舗t go out just when we like. 舡37 Sociologist Alvin J. Schmidt gives a troubling overview of the way women were treated in ancient Greece. Schmidt, author of How Christianity Changed the World, details the ways in which the average woman had the social status of a slave: 舦ŠŠŠShe had no legal ability to divorce her husband, 舦ŠŠŠGirls were not allowed to attend school and receive an education, 舦ŠŠŠWomen were not allowed to speak in public, 舦ŠŠŠLegally, women were deemed to be inferior to men, 舦ŠŠŠInfanticide was common, and the babies killed were overwhelmingly female.
These girls had no options, no choices, and no voice about who they married. Women were also held in low regard in first century Jewish culture. 舡41 The testimony of women was regarded as suspect or not accepted. 舡42 Until Christianity worked to stop the practice in Hindu India, the burning of widows was a common occurrence. It was considered the duty of a good wife to sacrifice herself on her husband舗s funeral pyre. 舡43 This duty was forcibly imposed on willing and unwilling widows. 44 In China, binding women舗s feet was common practice for centuries.
Should men be silent when tens of millions of male humans have perished in the womb? MARS AND VENUS ACTUALLY AGREE Much is made in the media about abortion as a dividing line between men and women. But the so-called 舠gender gap舡 on abortion舒based on the idea that this is a women舗s issue舒doesn舗t exist. Men and women think alike on abortion. A recent Pew Poll found 舠no gender gap in opinions about Roe v. 舡25 The real split over abortion falls along religious lines. Fifty percent of people who attend religious services at least weekly want Roe overturned, while just 17 percent of those who attend worship less than weekly favor Roe舗s reversal.
Abortion: The Ultimate Exploitation of Women by Brian E Fisher