So much for the break-up of the family caused by women’s emerging roles. Turns out women’s liberation has had a transformational and positive impact on men’s lives. Makes for a Happy Father’s Day indeed!
Because they are not involved, because it is not about them, for many reasons, I am sure there are many men who do not know how they should feel about a partner’s abortion. But that doesn’t mean there is a post-abortion syndrome for men.
Pity the men who, wittingly or not, are allowing the pain caused by their partners’ abortions to be co-opted for political gain. They are the new face of the antiabortion movement: Post-Abortion Syndrome–for men.
Many men are perfectly competent at swallowing a pill every day on time, and plenty of them have partners who trust them to do it. So where’s the male birth control pill?
If ever there was a perfect time for men to band together against a loss of fatherhood, that time is now — with their demand for access to emergency contraception. Those who feel that they have been hurt by abortion have more reason than anyone else to spread knowledge of Plan B and support its widespread provision to men.
What happens when men are encouraged to speak their minds about abortion? Many abortion providers realize that men’s voices are valuable — contrary to the suggestions made in the recent rash of claims that “men are victims of abortion too.”
Respectful, non-abusive male partners can be caring allies and health providers for women experiencing abortion.