Obama: Men Should Butt Out When it Comes to Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 25, 2012   |   6:03PM   |   Washington, DC

President Barack Obama has responded to the controversial comments Richard Mourdock made on the issue of rape and abortion. The pro-abortion president made it clear he thinks men should essentially have no say when it comes to abortion.

Obama didn’t say whether he felt he should have no say either, as a man, on abortion or whether pro-abortion elected officials who are men should not be involved in casting votes on abortion-related topics. But for pro-life men, Obama’s position seems very clear:  don’t speak and don’t vote when it comes to the destruction of human life.

“I don’t know how these guys come up with these ideas,” Obama told Jay Leno’s late-night talk show Tuesday night. “Let me make a very simple proposition. Rape is rape. It is a crime. And so these various distinctions about rape don’t make too much sense to me, don’t make any sense to me.”

“This is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s health care decisions,” Obama said. “Women are capable of making these decisions in consultation with their partners, with their doctors, and for politicians to want to intrude in this stuff often times without any information is a huge problem.”



Pro-life writer Cassy Fiano tackled the topic of men and abortion earlier this year. She responds to the argument this way:

Do men deserve the right to offer an opinion on abortion?

The answer is absolutely, without a doubt, yes.

No, men cannot get pregnant. But guess what women can’t do without men? Get pregnant. Fathers are the other forgotten voices in the abortion debate. The child that the mother aborts is half his, but he has no say in the matter. If a woman wants to have an abortion, then she can have it, regardless of whether the father wants his baby or not. The point is, that baby is half his. It’s the little fact that so often gets left out of the abortion debate. Yes, women carry the babies. But it’s still half his.

The other inanity in this writer’s argument is that you apparently must be a woman in order to speak out for or against abortion. This is like saying you must be black in order to have an opinion on civil rights, or Jewish in order to speak about the horrors of the Holocaust. Standing up against inhumane actions does not require a certain race, age, or gender. Speaking out for those who do not have a voice doesn’t, either.

Men have every right to speak out against abortion. Abortion isn’t an issue of gender. It’s an issue of life – and everyone has the right to defend it.