Monday, February 1, 2010

Against abortion? You know what to do...


What a funny notion. What if in order to reduce abortion people lobbied for more vasectomies? So I wrote these words after seeing a photo of this bumper. As I sat here trying to dig a blog post out of my skull, I looked at the photo again and decided to visit the website in small print at the bottom of the bumper sticker.

I did it, I visited a pro-life website just to see. I mean really it was more logical than any other pro-life mantra I’ve ever heard. I’m sure vasectomies inhibit a minute number of unintended pregnancies and in turn abortions. It also holds men accountable as a part of reproduction. The debate over choice is fought over women’s bodies, quite literally.

The idea that men who don’t want to have children should get vasectomies is sort of refreshing because it places some of the responsibility on men. I am not pretending to agree with the mission of this bumper sticker or organization. This organization claims to be both pro-choice and anti-abortion, which from my point of view is not possible. There is nothing pro-choice about being against abortion. However, I am intrigued by this organization for a few reasons. Their mission is to reduce abortion through the effective use of contraception, which is definitely a step ahead of those who believe contraception is just as bad as abortion. They also claim to take a moderate stand on abortion, so they at least recognize that there are circumstances when abortion is necessary -- still not in line with my personal beliefs, but not quite as asinine as many anti causes. Really, there is nothing moderate about accepting that women have the right to control their bodies and lives. Finally, they use the money from their bumper sticker to fund vasectomies -- sort of weird, but also sort of productive, right? Snip, snip.

Abortion will never be eliminated even if every single person in the world had access to contraception and used it 100% accurately. Contraception fails, conception can and will happen and sometimes an unwanted pregnancy will need to be terminated. Not to mention that the world is a long, long, long way from every single individual having access to contraceptive technology and information on how to use it properly.

I am not endorsing this cause, just presenting it as a really interesting spin on the pro-life movement. Know thy enemy.

5 comments:

  1. Men are crazy for opposing vasectomies, and not being willing to get them done. I had one done, and 8 years later it grew back and my wife got pregnant. We then terminated the pregnancy. So we have been on both parts or sides of this as my urologist said I was only the 2nd person in his 18 years of practice that he knows of who had the vas fail. Poor luck but with those odds, I should play the lottery.

    The abuse we suffered by the protestors is something that will never leave me. Being called names like murderer, etc only allowed me to dismiss them as religious zealots and ignore them all together. They chased women down the street, crossed the street when the patients did to confront them, and wrote down license plates of patients. Real SOBs.

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  2. I think this is the first step to anti-choicers realizing why they are wrong. It isn't just the woman's fault; a man somewhere put in his part. So why should she have to suffer? At least this group understands that preventing pregnancy with some form of birth control is a step in the right direction. Like you said, a vast improvement over the standard bunch.

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  3. Iron Dog, it's so nice to hear a male perspective. Vasectomy rules.

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  4. Anti-Anti -- I know a man who at the last minute agreed to have his vasectomy taped (for some kind of instructional video?) and ended up with an entire camera crew between his legs. It was a funny story.

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  5. Let's do some math.

    Considering that if a man has sex only once per night -- and if he manages to impregnate a woman each time he has sex -- he has a potential for creating ninety-one pregnancies in nine months!

    And if a woman has sex only once per night, and she creates a pregnancy each time she has sex, she has a potential for creating ONE pregnancy in that same nine months!

    Any questions?

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