An Ivy League law student admitted this week that men like him benefit when abortions are legal and easy to get because they can have commitment-free sex.
Writing for Boston NPR affiliate WBUR, Kaivan Shroff, 28, said abortion typically is viewed as a women’s issue, but if men are honest, they will admit that it benefits them, too. He is a former Hillary Clinton staffer and graduate of both Yale and Brown universities.
Shroff said he wants to have children someday, but right now, he is finishing law school and “it would be a terrible time to have a baby.”
At the same time, he does not want to give up his sex life. And that’s what makes abortion so important.
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On an academic level, I’ve followed the entrenched, decades-long, conservative effort to undermine access to safe abortions. Yet until this moment, I’ve viewed accessible abortion as something my partners and I could reasonably rely on as a last resort. That security has informed my approach to sexual exploration and relationships. From this vantage point, access to abortion is not just a women’s issue, but a public health issue that directly affects anyone who engages in sexual relationships that might lead to pregnancy.
Though Shroff did not say how many women he has had sex with, he gave the impression that the number is more than just a few and there is no committed relationship between them. He said he tries to be conscientious about birth control, and he does not think any of his sexual partners ever got pregnant.
But now that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again, he is “scared.”
“I admit I’m scared of what eliminating access to abortion would mean for my own life,” Shroff wrote. “What if I got a woman pregnant? What if she didn’t want to continue the pregnancy, but could not get an abortion? Would we try to stay together, even if it wasn’t a fit? What kind of custody or visitation rights would I get if we weren’t together? How would I provide for the child?”
These are questions that people should considered before having sex, knowing that it may result in the conception of a child. But too often considerations regarding sex and parenthood are divorced from each other, a consequence of legalized abortion. The modern pro-abortion culture has deceived Shroff and others like him into thinking that abortions merely delay “parenthood until we are ready” when the truth is that abortions violently destroy children who already exist.
Shroff went on to make an argument that, on its surface, appears to be responsible but really is an attempt to justify the killing of unborn babies for the sake of convenience by people like him who want sex without responsibility.
“All kinds of people of all backgrounds make great parents — even when they weren’t planning or prepared for children,” he wrote. “Still, I feel I owe it to myself, my future partner and my future children to establish a foundation that allows me to be the best dad I can possibly be. As such, the timing and circumstances matter.”
But protecting children from harm is an essential element of good parenting, even when circumstances are difficult. Abortion does the opposite.
As Oklahoma Pastor Dusty Deevers told The Daily Wire in response, Shroff is “willing to exchange his innocent child on the altar of abortion” for the sake of “idolatrous selfism.”
“Shroff claims he desires to be the best dad he can be someday, while also lauding the security that access to murdering his own children has afforded him in ‘sexual exploration’ … this is idolatrous selfism and why Christians call abortion ‘child sacrifice,’” said Deevers, a pro-life film producer and pastor at Grace Community Church in Elgin.