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The 'Bro-Choice' Movement: When Chauvinism And Exploitation of Women Became Cool

This week, a blogger named Ben Sherman, explained in a post what the "bro-choice" movement is all about and how the pro-life bill in Texas is threatening men's sex lives.

Sherman's rationale for being  #brochoice is stunningly self-centered, immoral and chauvinistic:

  • “Forcing women to adhere to the anti-choice attitudes of state legislators forces men to do the same, and will have serious consequences both on men’s lives and lifestyles.”
  • “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.”

LifeNews reports that  NARAL and other pro-abortion women’s groups actually took to Twitter in support of his campaign.

The most powerful pro-life speech I've ever heard was about how abortion hurts women, and it was delivered over 20 years ago by a young pro-life priest to a Catholic Women's group I belonged to. He talked about the grief women suffered for years after having abortions, and how many of them had wanted to have to have their babies, but were pressured into the abortions by exploitative husbands and boyfriends. 

That priest was Father Frank Pavone, and his message has remained remarkably consistent through the years. 

Last Spring, Father Pavone wrote at LifeNews:

The fact is that we oppose abortion both for women and for men. The fact that men do not get pregnant does not stop them from choosing abortion. Indeed, anyone who has worked directly to stop abortions has seen many instances in which the “choice” in question was being made by the man, not by the woman. In the thousands of case testimonies I have in my office, time after time I read these or similar words: “My boyfriend wanted me to have the abortion; I was unsure,” or “The baby’s father said that unless I aborted the child, he would leave.

Of course. Abortion is not about women’s rights. It is often about men wanting the right to be able to continue to have sexual relations without the “intrusive burden” of the child that can come about.

Morally speaking, the sin of abortion is committed when it is chosen, knowingly and willingly. Many factors mitigate the guilt, but the point here is that the choosing of abortion does not require that one be pregnant. Men choose abortion; men perform abortions. Men are therefore often guilty of the sin of abortion.


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