A Purdue student wrote an opinion about his qualifications to express any opinions about the abortion issue. He identifies himself with all the men who agitate for either side of the debate when he says:
I say all this from protest rallies and pulpits and statehouses and court benches and in private conversations and here in the newspaper. I say it with posters of dead babies in my hands and spittle on my lips and an ACLU card in my pocket, but most of all I say this with the comfort of knowing that it'll never be my body that's being legislated.
I'm never going to be a 20-year-old college student trying to balance the rigors of schoolwork with the pressures of pregnancy. I'm never going to have to choose, after a single night, between having a "normal" college life and killing what will be, if it isn't now, my child. And I'm never going to have to listen to assholes like me yelling at the top of their lungs about how I should make choices that will irrevocably alter the course of my life.
I say I should shut up and mind my own damn business.
Friend, from a pro-life viewpoint, it will indeed be your body that's being legislated. Half of all of these unborn children are males. It will be you whose life may end because a young woman is not given the support that would make it possible to make a life for herself without sacrificing your life. It will be you whose life is on the line as a man pressures a woman to abort you because he doesn't want to pay child support. It will be you who may make it halfway through gestation only to be eliminated because a test reveals that you have Down Syndrome, or maybe just reveals that you're a boy when somebody was trying for a girl. It will be you who hangs in the balance while your right to exist is debated in legislative chambers.
No man should feel that it's not his place to express his opinion, display his bumper sticker, or write his letter to the editor. As members of the human family, it's all of our business.