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So much of the abortion debate is based on myths, bad assumptions, bad logic, or outright gaslighting through deception. For the rest of 2019 we will highlight one common abortion myth every month.
7: Most Women Support Abortion
The Bottom Line: Women and men generally have the same views on abortion.
This myth is the foundation of the abortion industry, at least in how they present themselves. Whether it is Planned Parenthood’s hot pink branding or the constant refrain that men shouldn’t have a say—unless they agree with Planned Parenthood—many people assume the abortion issue is women vs. men.
As far as the prolife movement is concerned, we’re fine with letting women’s views dictate abortion policy. It’s abortion supporters who don’t really want to listen to women—or men, or really anyone who disagrees with abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy.
Gallup has conducted opinion polling on abortion for more than 40 years. Whether it’s questions of abortion restrictions or identifying themselves as prolife vs. pro-choice, there are no significant differences between men and women.
What’s most striking is that men and women do tend to have significant differences in opinion on a lot of policy issues. However, abortion is the most significant issue where there is no meaningful difference in how the average woman and average man view the issue. Most women and men do not support abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy.
Perhaps the most ignorant or cynical trope is that the pro-life movement is a bunch of men sitting around a board room planning how to control or repress women. This trope completely ignores the main argument of the pro-life movement, which is that it’s wrong to kill unborn children—or it claims we’re just making it up to fool people. It’s even more laughable when you look at who leads the prolife movement.
The last year Right to Life of Michigan had a male president was 1973. Our staff is overwhelmingly made up of women. The majority of our board of directors are women.
National Right to Life’s president is a woman. Ditto for the Susan B. Anthony List, Americans United for Life, the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Live Action, and of course Feminists for Life. The list goes on.
Those who argue women’s equality demands abortion are actually making a misogynistic assumption, whether they realize it or not. The assumption is that the only way for women to be on a level playing field with men is to deny the unique thing women can do that men cannot: bring life into the world.
Many people who support abortion generally believe society can achieve total equality. If society can achieve that utopian dream, why must abortion be a part of it? Why do they accept killing millions of unborn women as the one evil that is necessary?
Abortion is not a women’s rights issue; it’s a human rights issue. The concept of human rights only works if every human being has them. A society that achieves great strides at the cost of millions of our own children crushed and torn to shreds is no utopia at all.
Abortion supporters say, “trust women.” We believe they should and abandon their extreme support for abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy.