Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1998 10:39:42 -0800 (PST)
From: A
Subject: Abortion et al

Hello. I just read your article on pro-choice and abortion. I am not going to yell and scream, so don't worry. I would just like to raise one point that everyone seems to overlook in the abortion debate. We as men should have no say. It is as simple as that. Men are sitting around discussing a topic that we will never have to face. I can never have an abortion and neither can you. It is immoral for us to decide how women can treat their own bodies.

If a group of women got together and decided that all men must have a testicle removed at birth in order to help control the over-population of the world, we would scream about out rights being violated. Yet, men are doing this to women and calling it just.

I believe that every woman has the right to choose if she has an abortion or not. I pray she never chooses to have one, but it is HER choice and not mine, nor any other man's. This is pro-choice.

Thank you


Dear A,

Why would you "pray she never chooses to have one" and not be willing to use other forms of persuasion?

I do agree that a woman's experience and perspective should have priority on this issue. But are not women themselves asking us to be involved? It seems to me that from presidents to doctors to priests to boyfriends, women welcome men's help, guidance, support, etc.

Like you, Andrew, I am most reluctant to impose my views on anyone else, man or woman. But as I tried to show in my essay on Abortion and Free Choice, we are dealing here with a choice which involves the life of another human being.

God bless,

Fr. Phil Bloom

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