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Men who encourage women to get abortions aren’t real men

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September 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — In the wake of back-to-back attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare, Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry has been desperately trying to present the termination of human beings in the womb as essential healthcare, urging Americans to stand with them and defend their funding. Their latest social media campaign is perhaps one of the most tone deaf stupidities I have seen in a long time (although their use of the hashtag #DoNoHarm was rich in irony): They are urging their male allies to stand with them by tweeting out support for abortion with the slogan #MenForChoice.

Does anybody actually think that the problem our society has is that men have not been supportive enough of women getting abortions?

While there’s something simply sad and pathetic about men furiously tweeting their support of women getting abortions, there’s also something a lot more nefarious about it. It’s no surprise at all that many men are enormously supportive of the abortion industry — after all, it’s organizations like Planned Parenthood that allow them to sexually exploit women but bail if their casual coitus results in pregnancy. That’s precisely why the first feminists, known to history as the suffragettes, opposed abortion so strongly: They saw it as a way for men to lethally abandon their own offspring.

I wrote a column on this a few weeks ago when I noticed that a woman had written to the in-house “ethicist” at The New York Times explaining she was pregnant with a baby she wanted but that the father of the baby was insisting she get an abortion. A Toronto doctor actually sued a woman for not aborting their baby a couple of years back. Professional athletes have been known to force their girlfriends to sign “abortion contracts,” ensuring that any baby conceived during sex would end up in a dumpster behind the local Planned Parenthood. Any pro-life activist can tell you that the number of women and girls who are getting physically pushed or psychologically pressured to get an abortion is as enormous as it is heartbreaking.

The National Review recently published a column describing the prevalence of coercion, noting that 36 percent of the clients seen by the pro-life group the Human Coalition reported that someone was pressuring them to abort — that’s one in three women:

A colleague’s experience offers a clear example of how this manipulation works. She began dating her boyfriend when she was on a break from college and just after another breakup. He was her manager at work and 11 years older than she was. Keeping him happy, and maintaining the relationship, was imperative to her. Unbeknownst to her, he was involved in several other relationships. She learned that she was pregnant with his child; after the panic subsided, she grew excited about her future as a mother. She and her boyfriend even went so far as to tell his mother and agree to swap cars, as his offered a better fit for a car seat. But a week later, he began to tell her that it was not the right time to have a child and that they would have more later. He told her his father had just died. He told her that he had been diagnosed with cancer, even going so far as to shave his head. He finally gave her an ultimatum: If she aborted, they could stay together and he would pay for her graduate-school tuition; if she kept the baby, he would break up with her. Terrified at the prospect of being without him, and believing his promises for the future, she went through with the abortion. The boyfriend was gone by the next day.

More tragic still, of course, is the many examples of rapists and abusers who used abortion to cover up their crimes, a practice that the abortion industry has been exposed as complicit in over and over again. Some academics have floated the idea of “forced fatherhood,” which is essentially the philosophical case for the fundamental right to be a deadbeat dad—these sniveling cowards insist that they didn’t consent to pregnancy, so they should have a baby — their baby — “forced” on them. In fact, some sites on the “manosphere” run by pickup artists actually give advice on how to convince a girl you slept with to get an abortion before bolting. I bet all of those fellows are right on board with #MenForChoice.

The abortion industry knows that their #MenForChoice campaign will be popular, because they know that their services are very popular among a very large number of men. Their demand for support as they face the threat of defunding is simply a feedback loop — the abortion industry has been helping out the guys for years, and now they need their fuzzy male feminists to support them in return. Imagine if instead, every single man promised to do everything in their power to support the new mother and child the moment they found out a new baby existed. Does anyone actually think that the abortion rate wouldn’t plummet dramatically? The abortion industry knows it would. And that’s another reason they need #MenForChoice.



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Jonathon van Maren

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.