It's so bizarre and frightening to see a western country go so far backwards on what should be a core civil liberty.
We've been having this dumb debate on-and-off for thousands of years since it was first settled by the Greeks ("early foetuses are more like a plant than a person" - literally Aristotle) and then dredged up again by the Romans ("but the father owns that foetus, it's a violation of his property rights!!!" - Roman chuds and, deep down, every conservative in every era since).
It feels like we will never fully move past it. So depressing.
The link is that they're all wearing ties. The pro-tie lobby in the US is so powerful, find me a photo of a male US politician not wearing a tie whilst at work, it's impossible! They're integrated into every level of the US political system. Even more insidious than the Stonecutters.
Down with ties! Ties equals lies and lies equals ties.
I kind of get it on a purely emotional level. I don’t want to use the “parents would understand” bullshit, but as a parent ( ) it is so exciting and wonderful when you find out that you are going to be a parent. We found out really early on (my wife was pissing on sticks almost every day ) both times she became pregnant and you absolutely consider it a baby from the start. When the first pregnancy turned out to be ectopic it was one of the worst days of my life and I still find myself wondering what that kid would have been like.
But having said that, I am rational enough to realise that a foetus is not a baby. I am empathetic enough to realise that just because we wanted to be parents doesn’t mean everybody does. And I am not a strawberry floating monster that thinks women should be forced to carry the child of their rapist – especially if that rapist was their own strawberry floating father or brother.
I guarantee one thing, if men could get pregnant then abortion would never have been a controversial subject and it certainly wouldn’t have ever been illegal.