Wendy Davis, Freedom, and Reality

So a lot happened today (and I haven’t posted in a while, so it seemed like too good of an opportunity to waste). The supreme court was busy striking down various things that needed striking down. Now maybe Christians can go back to talking about and defending important things like the divine incarnation and resurrection.

But I don’t feel like talking about that. Instead, I’d like to talk about Wendy Davis. Wendy Davis singlehandedly filibustered a Texas law that would have closed down a few dozen of the medical centers in the state where women could obtain an abortion.

The majority of things I’ve seen about her online paint her as some sort of hero. And I won’t deny that her actions were pretty heroic. She stood andtalked for 11 hours straight to defend something she believed in. But, despite her heroic actions, I hate what she did.

But I don’t want to argue that abortion should be illegal; I prefer arguments that have legitimate rebuttals.

What I’d like to address is the really, supremely silly idea that for some reason I’m not allowed an opinion about abortion because of my gender. The argument is that men cannot take a stand on this issue because they have no idea what it’s like to be pregnant, to give birth, to struggle with the reproductive decision.

Let’s apply some similar logic to another crime. Almost all rapes are committed by men. Since women can have no idea what the male sex drive is like, the biological urges men feel when they see a physically attractive woman, or the male sexual experience in general: women should have no say in the legislation of rape laws.

Holds up wonderfully doesn’t it? Anybody offended? Good.

Because rape isn’t a victimless crime! What a concept. The argument that men should stay out of the abortion debate makes an incredibly myopic assumption–the assumption that is the foundation of the pro-choice view in general–that abortion is all about the reproductive rights of women.

For the record, I’m all about the reproductive rights of women. I think a woman should be just as free as any man. I agree 100% with that part of the abortion debate (I think we need to limit the freedom of men, personally). Unfortunately, reality gets in the way of the ideal. Unfortunately, sex has this terrible tendency to do what it was designed to do, and a baby gets made. A human life gets miraculously created, and human life is precious. It’s sacred because people are wonderful. And that includes the women who have to have abortions. They’re wonderful too, and they deserve more love and support and legal options than they have.

But we can’t just collectively close our eyes to the other person involved in the operation. And these are the people that I speak for. This isn’t about my right-wing, conservative, up-tightness that young women are having promiscuous sex (GASP!). This about the biological, scientific, incontrovertible fact that there’s another human life involved.

Freedom is great (the great American virtue of being able to do whatever we want), and women should have as much reproductive freedom as reality permits; however, it should be limited when we go just a little too far. When there are victims of our freedom, and when those victims do not have the ability to speak for themselves. . .

I’m just depressed that so many can hold up this woman as a hero when none of us have the stomach to actually look honestly at the institution she defended. And I’ll continue to stand publicly against abortion and vote against abortion and support politicians who try to limit or end it. I’ll stop when there are no more male victims.


About Derrick

Derrick lives and works in South Carolina where he teaches English at a technical college and raises his two small children with his wife, Danielle.
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