Column: Where are men on the demolition of abortion rights?

Granderson: Where are men on the demolition of abortion rights? (via @latimesopinion)


12/6/2021 1:04:00 AM

Granderson: Where are men on the demolition of abortion rights? (via latimesopinion)

The reversal of a woman’s right to control her body, undergirded by religious fervor, moves the conversation away from partisan politics to being Taliban-adjacent.

PrintIt’s been a while since I took a science class, but from what I can recall, humans do not reproduce asexually. I bring this up because we tend to talk about reproductive rights as if it’s a women’s issue.Sure, if the Supreme Court guts Roe vs. Wade next year, there will be a number of men who will not care. I could not imagine being a father or brother or son and thinking none of this has anything to do with me. But men, including many who called themselves “girldads,” a viral hashtag on social media after Kobe Bryant died, should care that a patriarchal government wants to force their daughter to give birth against her will.

And be not mistaken, at its core, that’s exactly what this debate is about.Not the morality of abortion, or religion, or state’s rights. No, this is the latest incarnation of government-sanctioned misogyny that was evident in the writing of the Constitution; evident in the 1927 Supreme Court case Buck vs. Bell in which the justices voted 8-1 in favor of forced sterilization; evident in state laws that punished women for seeking contraception until Griswold vs. Connecticut ruled such laws unconstitutional in 1965.

AdvertisementThe phrase “pro-life”?That’s just good PR. We all know in a country where universal healthcare is considered political poison and mass shootings are no longer shocking that being “pro-life” was never really our thing.During her recent book tour stop in Los Angeles, Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The 1619 Project, said

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“we have to stop letting the language hide the crime.”As an example she pointed at how the word “plantation” was just a way to rebrand the “slave labor camps” the nation’s wealth was built on.The most recent example of this linguistic trick is watching elected officials use the word “rioters” to describe armed terrorists who overran Capitol police and sent members of Congress running for their lives. And so it is also true that the phrase “pro-life” distracts us from the fact that the same patriarchal government that once denied women the right to vote or own property wants to force them to give birth against their will. It is a scenario ripped from the pages of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The reversal of a woman’s right to control her body — undergirded by religious fervor — moves the conversation away from routine partisan politics to being Taliban-adjacent.Political analysts are already calculating how this issue will reshape the 2022 midterm election, which is a bit too cynical for my taste. What’s at stake here is not a policy fight but rather the morality of the republic.

We are on the cusp of trading in American ideals (even if often unfulfilled) for a society that forces rape victims to give birth because of the laws of a government overrepresented by men.If we do that, the democracy banner we fly — already fraying because Republican members of Congress are pretending that Jan. 6 was nothing more than some rowdy tourists on Capitol Hill — will be left in tatters.

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opinion everything the modern liberal fascists have is social constructionist post truth folderidoo opinion busy on real stuff opinion Freedom of religion appears to be in direct contradiction of freedom of speech, as this thread illustrates. Think we can start with this, to help build a bigger wall between church & state, which should make the state a lot more sober

opinion dems need to introduce a flurry of bills that would 1) make men immediately financially responsible for supporting women they impregnate. 2) force men who do not pay child (fetus) support to get a vasectomy. opinion Busy retaining lawyers to fight future child support claims. opinion Who the fuck cares?

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