Justice Alito has determined that women do not have the right to decide whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term but what about their male partners? Why aren’t more men protesting this decision that will impact them emotionally and financially? Since 5 old men and 1 woman have determined that women must bear unwanted pregnancies, under current law, their male partners must bear responsibility to raise the child, pay for their housing, food, clothing, education, and medical care.
But why isn’t anybody talking about the impact on men in this? The only example I’ve seen of a man taking responsibility to protect women and their providers from this decision is Glen Funk, the district attorney in Nashville, who said he would not prosecute doctors performing abortions or women who choose such a procedure. “I will use my constitutional powers to protect women, health providers and those making personal health decisions.”
But I’ve seen no articles considering the impact of this decision on the lives of men who do not want to father a child that is the result of an unwanted pregnancy. The rights of these men have been destroyed as well under this ruling. Men also need to be aware that Justice Thomas is threatening their use of contraception to prevent unwanted fatherhood.
It’s time for men to stand up and be counted in support of reproductive health rights.