Article > Abortion & Gender Equality
I recently heard the argument that in order for women to be equal to men, abortion must be legal. Now, I'm sure that argument's been around as long as the abortion debate has been, and I just haven't been paying attention, but I've only heard it recently--and it got me thinking. That would actually make women better than men--give them a liberty men don't have. Women can now choose whether or not they want to be a mother; men don't have the choice of whether or not they want to be a father. Sure, they can both choose whether or not they want to have sex, but that's moot now. The egg's fertilized and now it's the woman's call, and the man be damned. What this really boils down to is that women can gestate, women can give labor, and men can't. I'm sorry if they consider that to be a source of inequality, but there's not a whole lot we can do about that. I mean, we can't make men able to bear or rear children (with their breasts), so the only viable option--if they REALLY want equality--is mandatory hysterectomies at birth. Now if they want to have that debate, that's a perfectly valid one. And now it becomes painfully evident how utterly ridiculous the whole argument is.