Men On How Abortion Changed Their Lives

Men On How Abortion Changed Their Lives

Zoe Beaty
Last Updated 23 October 2019

"I didn’t really feel like I had a right to feel any kind of outward emotion about it," 35-year-old Jon Pollock, a health and safety manager in civil construction, is telling me. There’s a tangible apprehension in his voice – he’s choosing words carefully – because we’re talking about something that he’s only shared with three other people in the last decade. Something that is not for his kind, if you listen to public discourse.

"I feel like I’m intruding on something that isn’t mine to talk about," he says, suddenly.


USA – 12 Men Share Their Abortion Stories

12 Men Share Their Abortion Stories

Even as male lawmakers dominate the debate around women’s reproductive health at the highest levels—and a spate of restrictive bans are passed across the country—public conversations about the very real experiences men have had with abortion remain rare. As access is further limited and with a likely Supreme Court decision on the horizon, here, in a special collaboration between Glamour and GQ, 12 men share how the procedure has impacted their life.

By Rebecca Nelson
October 21, 2019

Last May, when the Alabama state senate voted to effectively outlaw all abortions, every one of the 25 lawmakers who voted for the bill was a man. Similarly, in Georgia, male legislators who voted for the fetal heartbeat bill, which banned abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy, far outnumbered the female yea votes. And in Louisiana, a man wrote the state’s version of a heartbeat bill while the governor, another man, signed it into law.


Zimbabwe – It’s time for men, church to defend women against unsafe abortions

It’s time for men, church to defend women against unsafe abortions

Mugove G Madziyire
September 28, 2019

In 1984, when I was in primary school, Rosemary (not her name), a fellow classmate, passed away. The news shocked the whole class. At our age, death didn’t seem possible. A few days later, the headmaster spoke to us at the school assembly. He said Rosemary had “played” inappropriately with boys and become pregnant. And she died because she had attempted to abort the pregnancy. It was a big relief to us to realise that she, in fact, “deserved to die”. How could she do that?

We never thought about the man who had caused the pregnancy, why she became pregnant, and why she attempted an abortion. Today, 35 years later, as a specialist gynaecologist and a man, it is clear to me that men must ask those tough questions if we are to stop unnecessary deaths from illegal and dangerous abortions.


USA – Men Aren’t Quite Sure How to Be Abortion-Rights Activists

Men Aren’t Quite Sure How to Be Abortion-Rights Activists
Does a movement that proclaims a deep belief in women’s autonomy have a place for male voices?

Ashley Fetters
Jun 10, 2019

On a Wednesday night in late May, 44-year-old Matt Garbett of Atlanta attended a meeting held by NARAL Pro-Choice America, a prominent abortion-rights group, at the urging of a female friend who is active in the local chapter. A few weeks earlier, both Georgia and Alabama had taken measures to restrict access to abortion.

Garbett had always believed that Americans should have the right to get an abortion, and he’d always voted that way—and until that night, he said, he’d thought that was enough. But what Garbett saw at that meeting startled him. In a “completely packed” room, full of what he estimated to be 80 people, only three were men. Garbett didn’t feel out of place, however; instead, he was “absolutely embraced and welcome,” he told me. “I was, oddly, overly thanked [for being there]. The next day, Garbett voiced his bewilderment in a thread on Twitter. “Last night I attended my first @NARALGA meeting,” he began. “My biggest takeaway: Men... we are not showing up.”


Kenya – Men can play a key role in reducing unsafe abortions

Men can play a key role in reducing unsafe abortions
They should be advised on the role of contraceptives to prevent unplanned pregnancies

by Daniel Otieno, Star Blogs
24 May 2019

Many interventions relating to unsafe abortion have left out men yet their role can shape their outcome.

Information targeting men on the role of contraceptives in planning families, civic education that involves men on abortion and constitution, sensitisation on prevention of unintended pregnancies and educating men on the dangers of myths surrounding abortion will empower them to join the fight against unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortion.

Involving men as moderators in forums on contraceptives and unsafe abortion can change the attitude of the general community towards safe abortion. Then there will be other options for couples in case of unplanned pregnancy other than termination of the same.


Why I ‘Stand in Awe of all Mná’ Voting to Repeal the Eighth

Why I ‘Stand in Awe of all Mná’ Voting to Repeal the Eighth
Regardless of the result on Friday, Irish women have started a rebellion, and women everywhere are grateful.

May 23, 2018
Colleen Hennessy

The Ireland where I lived and worked for ten years, from 2005 to 2015, didn’t have abortion. That Ireland took pride in the Eighth Amendment, added to the nation’s Constitution in 1983 by popular vote, in which the state gave fetuses the same rights as pregnant people in all medical and legal circumstances.

Conversations about abortion were of course happening, and Irish women have and will always need abortions. Every day at least ten women and girls travel from Ireland to UK abortion clinics, but these are lonely journeys without one’s community of doctors, family, or friends.


Liam Neeson: ‘To respect a woman’s right to decide, I’m backing Yes’

Liam Neeson: 'To respect a woman's right to decide, I'm backing Yes'
It's time for men to stand with women and make this once-in-a-generation opportunity count, writes Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

May 6 2018 9:00 PM

There are times when we must stand for what is right. When the obvious injustice of a situation demands that we do so. For me, the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment is one of those times. A time to stand up and be counted. A moment when men must stand with women.

Men owe a debt to women in Ireland. For too long, we have at best stood by and at worst participated in a system that has stripped women of their human rights. Ireland has inflicted indignity and abuse on women for generations, and on a grand scale. In recent decades we have demonstrated the capacity to face the truth of such abuse, to own it and to do whatever we can to respond to it. And that is to our great credit.


Engaging Men; A Path To Reducing Maternal Mortality Rates In Ghana

Engaging Men; A Path To Reducing Maternal Mortality Rates In Ghana

Elikem Agbenyo
16 April 2018

Men usually shy away from participating in maternal and child related activities because they feel it is an issue that concern only women. Meanwhile men make major decisions and take actions which affect women during pregnancy or child care. Deeply immersed in these gender-related tensions are traditions, economic self-interest, and power dynamics, all of which are advantageous to men.

The Technology for Maternal and Child Health (T4MCH) Project organized a community sensitization in 33 communities to discuss socio-cultural factors that affect maternal and child health. It was revealed that, though men exude power and influence in the family and society, most men have little or no knowledge on pregnancy, delivery and child care.


Academic Armchair: Vulva la resistance: Dublin’s sixth march for choice

Academic Armchair: Vulva la resistance: Dublin’s sixth march for choice
Nov 27, 2017
by Devin Thomas

In this week’s edition of the Academic Armchair we talked with Ben Kasstan, Research Fellow in Social Anthropology at Sussex, about a recent article written for Huffington Post, as well as a follow-up blog post for Sussex’s Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies & Health. Presenting his opinions on the importance of the upcoming 2018 vote over women’s reproductive rights and the protesters on both sides of the issue, Ben explores the context and potential outcomes of the referendum in his article. We talked with him to see why Sussex students should care as much about the issue as he does…

Ben mentions in his article that young voters made up the majority of pro-life and pro-choice demonstrators he saw while in Ireland.

We kicked off our interview by asking him why he feels young people are so active regarding this issue on both sides, and what this might mean.

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