Those of you on Twitter may, perhaps, have seen the #brochoice hashtag flying around a couple of days ago. It blew up, in large part at least, in response to Ben Sherman’s article on The Burnt Orange Report entitled “Bro-Choice: How #HB2 Hurts Texas Men Who Like Women.”
While I am clearly not of the same moral and political opinion as Mr. Sherman, the article leads off well enough, “The terrible anti-abortion bill being considered in the Texas legislature during this special session doesn’t just hurt women — it also hurts all of the men that have women in their lives that they care about.”
Okay. Fair enough. I understand the importance of educating men about “women’s issues” and “women’s rights” and how these do indeed affect men and all that. Whether I agree with the stance of this man or not, I understand the concept.
Sherman goes on, however, to list the many reasons why it’s critical that abortion be readily available and easily accessible for Texas women. Whether you agree with this statement or not actually isn’t even that important right here– what’s important is to realize that THIS is the type of “man” who is speaking up for women’s rights:
“Your sex life is at stake. Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add an anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys. And don’t be surprised if casual sex outside of relationships becomes far more difficult to come by.”
That’s one gem in a whole series he outlines for why men should care, deeply, about the limitations Texas legislature wants placed on abortions. You’re free to read his whole agenda right here– and, make no mistake, it IS an agenda.
Fortunately, restoring my faith in the men of this world, many guys were just as disgusted by the #brochoice movement as I was:
A real man will lay down his life for his children, not insist that his children lay down their lives for his convenience. #BroChoice
— Ordinary Mike (@MikeCGannon) April 22, 2013
Rob’s right. It IS a real thing. Lest you think Sherman is just some random dude spouting off, I suggest you check out this lovely tweet from NARAL:
— NARAL (@NARAL) April 22, 2013
The Texas legislature in question, in case you didn’t know, places restrictions on both what type of clinics may remain open and at what gestation abortions may be performed. It seems there are many people who feel that restricting elective abortions to gestational ages before 20 weeks is too restrictive.
People like me, of course, who found themselves being wheeled in to deliver at less than 24 weeks pregnant might find that repulsive. After all, I have SEEN a baby at that point in a pregnancy and, make no mistake, it is a BABY. Not an embryo. Not a fetus. A BABY.
Pro-choice advocates (and I want to be very clear in writing “pro-choice” and not “pro-abortion” here– using deliberately offensive language is not necessary to make my point) will frequently scoff at our concerns about late-term abortions– “They’re so infrequent! Only about 3% of abortions are done that late in a pregnancy! The vast majority are in the first trimester.”
I see. Nothing to worry about, then. Three percent. A negligible number. Certainly not worth considering. Definitely shouldn’t bring it up.
If you say you’re pro-life, what’s the first thing you’re asked? Hmm?
“What about rape?”
Well, I guess then we should just remember that abortions being performed to terminate pregnancies resulting from rape or incest are extremely rare (at .3%)… rarer, even, than those performed because of fetal anomalies (.5%). But over 97% of abortions are completely elective– not a result of rape/incest, not because of fetal defect, not because of risk to the mother. Just because the baby isn’t “wanted”.
So tell me this, bro-choicers, pro-choicers, and anyone else who feels elective terminations need to be permitted past the 20 week mark…
Does the three percent matter? Or not? Because, quite frankly, your logic eludes me.