By Brian E Fisher
After forty years of protest and debate, we know something for convinced approximately abortion: it is a women's factor. correct? incorrect, says Brian Fisher in his ground-breaking reexamination of fellows and abortion. He finds long-forgotten or never-known proof to teach that abortion is particularly a lot a man's challenge. And it really is a part of a protracted and tragic trend of male oppression of girls. that's why the unique writer of the equivalent Rights modification, feminist Alice Paul, referred to as abortion the 'ultimate exploitation of women.' Fisher indicates pick out crew of compassionate males led the best way within the nineteenth century to cross legislation strengthening the criminalization of abortion and labored with feminists of that period to take action. however it was once males, now not girls, who drove the crusade that resulted in the 1973 ideal court docket ruling giving ladies an unqualified correct to finish the lives in their pre-born teenagers. So what is in it for males? As feminist criminal student Catharine MacKinnon observes, abortion 'does now not release ladies; it frees male sexual aggression.' Abortion is the final word get out of penitentiary unfastened card for males with non-committal intercourse lives. one other time table is at paintings to boot. males use abortion to enhance their racist, eugenic, and inhabitants keep an eye on goals and schemes, as Fisher exhibits, mentioning their very own phrases. If males gave us abortion, males can finish it besides. Fisher outlines why and the way, and urges males to take in the duty with brave girls. He lays out a five-point plan for males to 'with humility, faithfulness, and incessant perseverance, devote our time, assets, power, middle, and testimony to finishing abortion in the United States for the sake of ladies, males, and the family.'
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Chapter 2ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠOur Laws Are Always Right ... Right? MEN STARTED IT Chapter 3ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠA Long History of Men Behaving Badly Chapter 4ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠA Woman舗s Right 舑 Made Legal by Men MEN OPPRESS WITH IT Chapter 5ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠWeeding the Garden Chapter 6ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠ舠I舗ll Still Love You in the Morning舡 Chapter 7ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠEducated Choice? Chapter 8ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠIt舗s 舠Safe舡 and 舠Rare舡? MEN CAN END IT Chapter 9ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠThe Man Void Chapter 10ŠŠŠŠŠMen Can End It Resources Endnotes Index ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I am once again indebted to John Aman for his excellent and diligent work as researcher, editor, collaborator, criticizer, and encourager.
If it is legal, how can it be bad for women and families? Can a right actually be a form of bondage? Can a legal right be wrong? Indeed, both can be true. Within the last two centuries, another American practice was both legal and socially accepted舒but was actually a form of discrimination and bondage. DRED SCOTT 舑 GOOD LAW? Much ink has already been spilt on comparisons between the African slave trade and abortion. My purpose is not to rewrite it舒but to illustrate that law and social norms do not immediately validate the claim that a practice promotes equality or is for the betterment of society.
But, of course, abortion is legal, so why are we discussing this at all? After all, if the law says it舗s okay, that means it is right and good. Right? CHAPTER 2 OUR LAWS ARE ALWAYS RIGHT... RIGHT? Including abortion in the long list of ways men exploit women may be utterly disagreeable and distasteful to you. Our culture has long accepted that abortion is a woman舗s right, both socially and legally. How can 40 years of law and decades of social education be wrong? How can something that is clearly a woman舗s right actually be a way of discriminating against women?