Bro-Choice: How #HB2 Hurts Texas Men Who Like Women
The terrible anti-abortion bill being considered in the Texas legislature during this special session doesn't just hurt women -- it also hurts all of the men that have women in their lives that they care about.
It's crucial that Texas guys understand how Texas women's bodily autonomy affects them, too. The fight being waged against the bill that would close all but six abortion clinics in Texas will only strengthen with more support.
Forcing women to adhere to the anti-choice attitudes of state legislators forces men to do the same, and will have serious consequences both on men's lives and lifestyles.
The old way of viewing reproductive rights as a women's issue alone is easier and in some ways encouraged by outdated parts of masculine culture, and it's wrong. When men stand with Texas women against this bill, they are also standing with Texas men.
Find out below the jump four reasons why Texas guys should oppose #HB2.
Your sex life is at stake. Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add an anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys. And don't be surprised if casual sex outside of relationships becomes far more difficult to come by.
You want to decide when and if to have kids. This bill will force thousands of Texas men into unplanned fatherhood by making it impossible for women to access an abortion in the event of an unplanned pregnancy. Even if you want to have kids, you probably don't want an accident to make you a father before you're psychologically ready and able to care for a child. If you don't want kids, you don't want the narrow, personal views of politicians in the state government to force you to have them.
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