Challenge: Leave the Abortion Debate to Women

Posted: November 8, 2011 by Amy Hall in Do the Right Thing, Weekly Challenge

Men, have you ever been hit with this objection when you were discussing abortion?

You’re a man—you can’t get pregnant. You don’t have to deal with the consequences of pregnancy; you have no idea what is involved with this decision. And you’re going to stand there—when your rights aren’t at stake and you have nothing to lose—and try to stop women from having the option of abortion? What right do you have to argue against abortion?

Women, you won’t have to face this one, but your suggestions are just as welcome! How should men respond? Take the challenge, and we’ll hear how you did from Alan on Thursday.

  1. Sam Harper says:

    From my blog:

    Unless you are a woman, you have no right to say anything about abortion, because you don’t know what it’s like to have to make the kinds of decisions a pregnant woman has to make.

    Unless you are married, you have no right to say anything about wife beaters, because you don’t know what it’s like to be married to a woman.

    Unless you’re a slave-owner, you have no right to say anything about slavery, because you don’t know what it’s like to be a plantation owner.

    What do all three arguments have in common? They are all forms of the ad hominem fallacy. Anybody with a brain has a right to make an argument, and whether an argument is sound or not has nothing to do with who makes the argument. What makes an argument sound is if the premises are true and the conclusion follows from the premises.

  2. The Baptist Pastor says:

    Since men can’t make any decisions about abortion, then you may only abort the female babies. We don’t want females making decisions about male babies.

  3. This is simply an ad hominem attack because it has nothing to do with whether or not abortion is morally wrong. Arguments don’t have genders, people do, and since pro-life women use the same arguments pro-life men do, this attack is merely ignoring those arguments.

    Furthermore, if men really have no right to say anything about abortion, we ought to toss Roe vs. Wade out the window seeing as it was decided by nine men. Planned Parenthood should fire all their male employees. Is your challenger concerned with the fact that President Obama has publicly voiced his support for abortion? What I think they are really saying is, “Men have no right to say anything about abortion, UNLESS THEY SUPPORT IT.” Where is the logic in this?

    If they want to prove their case, they need to show the flaws in the arguements we are making. A person’s gender has nothing to do with whether or not what they say is true.

    (See Chapter 14 of Scott Klusendorf’s The Case for Life)

  4. Well, they’re only talking about the men that disagree with them. If a man agrees with the pro-choice woman, then he suddenly becomes perfectly authoritative.

  5. Cody says:

    Funny, because it was all men on the Supreme Court who made the decision to legalize abortion in 1973, so I guess men can make abortion legal but cant make it illegal.

  6. Tom Loghry says:

    Ah lets put this argument into perspective, say ’bout 150 years.

    A slaveowner in the South could say the same thing to a northern abolitionist “What right do you have to tell me I gotta get rid of my slaves? Easy for you to say, you don’t have to deal with the consequences.”

    Now all of the sudden this line of reasoning seems to miss the point….how interesting.

  7. Do the women who think men should not have a say on this issue also believe men should not be held accountable for their own child, such as child support? The point being the fetus is as much the father’s as the mother’s, so a man’s position on this issue is every bit as important as women’s.

  8. graffightx says:

    I had this response a couple weeks ago. I told the young lady, that I didn’t think it was a good argument to say that because i’m not a woman i didn’t have a say. I asked her would it be right for me to say “well because you’re not black, you can’t have any say on black on black crime?”, or “because you’re not a child, you can’t tell your son or daughter what to do”. (I should have followed up with, what does my not being a part of a group have to do with my having a valid opinion on the matter?)

    I went on to mention that this isn’t about a woman’s choice here, it’s about what the unborn is. If it’s a human being, then does anyone, man or woman have the right to just kill it? Then i went into the normal abortion discussion.

  9. Karl says:

    Am I allowed to bring Thomas Beatie(the media’s “pregnant man”) into this at all?