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Abortion: The Empowerment of Men and the Dominance over Women

August 17, 2009

Albert Mohler has a great blog entry today about the often neglected angle in the abortion discussion.  His thesis is that abortion does not liberate women, so much as it empowers men to take advantage of women.

“The Hidden Reality of Abortion: Empowering Men”

Mohler quotes author, Richard Stith as follows:

Prior to the legalization of abortion in the United States, it was commonly understood that a man should offer a woman marriage in case of pregnancy, and many did so. Though with the legalization of abortion, men started to feel that they were not responsible for the birth of children and consequently not under any obligation to marry. In gaining the option of abortion, many women have lost the option of marriage. . . .

Elective abortion changes everything. A woman’s choice for or against abortion breaks the causal link between conception and birth. It matters little what or who caused conception or whether the male insisted on having unprotected intercourse. It is she alone who finally decides whether the child comes into the world. She is the responsible one. For the first time in history, the father and the doctor and the health-insurance actuary can point a finger at her as the person who allowed an inconvenient human being to come into the world.

I have to admit that this is an angle I had not considered until I read this blog entry.  Very good food for thought from Dr. Mohler.

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