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The old way of viewing reproductive rights as a women's issue alone is easier and in some ways encouraged by outdated parts of masculine culture, and it's wrong.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.
Wow! Consequences for actions, amazing.
First off, HB2 (the Texas bill banning abort after five months) passed last night and Sherman wrote this thing last week, but let me break this down piece by piece.
1) Bro-choice? I thought men weren't allowed to have an opinion on abortion because they don't have a uterus. That's what the pro-abortion feminists told me anyway.
2) Nothing says caring like, "Hey honey, could you get that late-term abortion done because you know, having a kid right now might put a damper on my sex life with other women besides you."
3) HB2 bans abortions after five months and doesn't shut down a single abortion clinic. Clinics will only close if they cannot meet basic medical standards.
4) Since people like Sherman claim to love and respect science, here's a review of Biology 101. Sex leads to pregnancy, this isn't a secret. In fact, you could argue that the entire purpose of sex is to reproduce, hence the reason doctors call it "reproductive health." Not to mention, this is the reason why birth control like condoms and the pill were developed in the first place: to prevent pregnancy. Sadly, Sherman and his ilk use abortion, including late term, as birth control instead because wearing a condom is just too damn annoying.
5) Change in lifestyle? Yeah, I'd say taking responsibility for what happens when a male and female have sex can change your life, hence the reason why you should think before you act. On the other hand, abortions lead to a change in lifestyle for women through infertility, breast cancer, suicidal thoughts, depression etc.
6) The "old way" of viewing reproductive rights actually frowned upon abortion because it allowed men to be irresponsible and exploitative of women. Too bad today's so-called feminists and bro-choicers don't see things the same way.
Sherman's post can really be summed up in one sentence: The sex lives of men are way more important than the lives of unborn children, so please, keep late term abortion available for women. Men like Sherman are still free to have irresponsible sex with as many women as they want, HB2 doesn't limit their behavior. Nothing is stopping the sick bastards from asking (or forcing) women to get an abortion before the five-month mark.
We've been hearing for years from the pro-choice crowd that "nobody is pro-abortion." We now know without a reasonable doubt, that isn't true.
Update: A late-term abortion ban might just make sex less awesome, guys.
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.