weekend question.jpgNewsweek, April 29, featured a conversation about “the future of the abortion-rights movement,” with a recurring lament about the shortage of vocal pro-abort men…

Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon: “[O]nly women are held accountable for fighting for reproductive rights. When the anti-choice side pulls energy from both men and women who are eager to halt sexual liberation and control female bodies, and pro-choicers can only look to women, we’re already running at half capacity….”
Meg Massey of Feminism 2.0: “Amanda’s right that we need to involve more pro-choice men….”

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Sarah Erdreich, author and activist: “I think that one step in this process is to normalize abortion: to share the stories of not just the women who choose the procedure but also the men who also have personal abortion experiences…. I wonder if one way to engage younger men is to do a better job framing the pro-choice movement as an equality movement.”
Erin Matson of NOW: “[I]t’s important for the women’s movement to broaden its self-definition to include young women (and men – great point)….”
Nancy Keenan of NARAL: “I agree with Amanda’s point about needing men to become more vocal on our issue – she’s right on point. The perception is that men are the loud, boisterous, and ever-present faces of the anti-choice movement (Mike Huckabee, Randall Terry, Rick Santorum), while women are the leaders of the pro-choice movement. And yet, if we are to win in the political arena, we simply cannot move pro-choice legislation, defeat anti-choice attacks, and protect Roe v. Wade unless we engage both genders….”

Why do you think there is a shortage of outspoken pro-abort men?
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