When it comes to abortion,
it might be argued that men have far too great an influence over what women do with their bodies.
To start with, abortion is technically illegal in many parts of Australia – a law established by generations of predominantly male politicians. Public discussion in Australia and elsewhere has also been unduly dominated by men, where abortion has become a political plaything to debate, along with the economy, infrastructure, and similarly deeply personal issues.
Abortion is a crucial political issue in the US at the moment, with presidential candidate Donald Trump arguing that women who have abortions should be punished.
You see, historically men really haven’t had enough of a say over women’s lives, so they feel they really need to weigh in on whether women deserve the right to terminate a pregnancy – a decision, by the way, that a man will never have to face.
And just recently, a political group in Sweden proposed that fathers should have the right to ‘legally abort’ their unborn baby up until the 18th week of pregnancy.
Marcus Nilson, the chairman of the youth wing of Sweden’s Liberal party told the Aftonbladet newspaper, “Men should have an equal right to opt out of parenting and choose whether or not to become a parent.”
“There are endless examples of men who can’t even say whether they want to be involved in parenthood or how involved they want to be,” he continued. “It is important that men remain honest with themselves and their intentions.”
The policy would allow men who don’t want to be fathers to abandon all parental rights and responsibilities, legally relinquishing their paternity, as long as it’s feasible for the woman to have an abortion.
Should the woman decide to keep the baby, the father would effectively renounce his rights to see his child, and all financial responsibilities towards them.
Luckily, at this stage the policy has been rejected by the wider Liberal party. (I wonder why?) But perhaps the most perplexing part of the whole proposal is the fact that the party insisted ‘male abortion’ was a feminist policy.