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Where are all the men?: The culpability of men in the abortion holocaust

by Jonathon Van Maren

·                                    Fri Sep 23, 2011 14:24 EST

September 23, 2011 (Unmaskingchoice.ca) – On September 14,
LifeSiteNews reported that the pro-life organizations Issues4Life
Foundation and The Radiance Foundation are organizing a billboard
campaign entitled “Fatherhood begins in the Womb.” They say “the
campaign is aimed at exposing ‘the culture of abandonment that
abortion has created’ by revealing the statistics of fatherlessness,
single-parent poverty, and the deterioration of two-parent married

Jonathon Van Maren is the Communications Director for the Canadian
Center for Bioethical Reform.

Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation stated that “Men have been
empowered by Roe v. Wade to have sex and run. They’ve been forced out
of their crucial role by perpetual welfare and today’s brand of
liberal feminism.”

To boil the point down: men have an extraordinary but often
unrecognized culpability in the barbaric practice of abortion
happening thousands of times a day across North America. They are, in
many ways, the invisible accomplices of the abortion industry while
the debate rages around “women’s issues.”

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For example, several months ago, one of my friends from Vancouver
contacted me to ask for advice: A girl she knew was planning to have
an abortion, and my friend needed to know what to say. Over the next
two weeks, I and another one of my friends from Vancouver attempted to
help this pro-life woman convince the pregnant girl not to abort her
child. The girl, initially open to discussion, had her phone taken
away by her boyfriend, and was eventually coerced into having an
abortion by the man who saw his own future as more important than the
offspring he had fathered.

This is when a question struck me: what has manhood in today’s culture
become when two girls in Vancouver are fighting harder for the life of
a child than his or her own father?

While the abortion debate is often centred on the woman and the
pre-born child, the male is almost never mentioned. Increasingly, I
have noticed in dozens of debates on campuses and on the street that
women often state they can’t raise a child on their own, as if it is a
foregone conclusion that the father of this child will not step up to
his responsibilities. Even more often, women cite their significant
other leaving them as one of the motivations behind aborting their
children in the first place.

This brings a glaring question to the forefront of the debate: Where
are all the men?

Traditionally, manhood was defined by a number of things. Men were
supposed to be loyal, courageous, responsible, and above all, willing
to sacrifice for those they had a duty to protect—namely, women and
children. This protective instinct was considered to be as natural as
the female maternal instinct.

In American historian William Manchester’s classic narrative history
of America, The Glory and the Dream, Manchester describes young men
during the first half of the 21st century gleaning their values from
heroes of the past, noting that the virtue which brought victory was
most frequently an ability to control the self; for instance, to be

Today, popular culture seems to measure manhood up against how many
women a man has slept with.

When debating others, I have often found myself facing this same
“ideal.” One university student asked how I was a man if I wasn’t
sleeping with “chicks,” to which I informed him that I held to the
quaint point of view that it took more of a man to keep one woman
happy for a lifetime than dozens for ten minutes.

When I was doing “Choice” Chain on the streets of Vancouver with two
of my pro-life friends, one middle-aged man walked past and asked us,
“Shouldn’t you guys be out trying to get laid or something?” This
actually shocked me. Whether or not you agree with our position,
surely it is more admirable to defend your beliefs in your free time
rather than trying to “get laid.”

This is why catch phrases such as “pro-choice” are heralded by many
men with such ferocity.  “Pro-choice” to them doesn’t just mean the
woman’s right to kill her pre-born child; it also means “pro-choice”
regarding whether or not men have to stick around and care for the
offspring they fathered.

One of my friends who regularly pickets abortion clinics has informed
me that we would be shocked to see how many sobbing girls are pushed
into abortion clinics by their angry boyfriends and fathers. When
picketing in front of the Edmonton abortion clinic, I noticed
boyfriends driving up, dropping their girlfriends off, and then
promptly leaving. Perhaps more women would stop being “pro-choice”
about killing pre-born children if the fathers of these children would
stop being “pro-choice” about actually shouldering their
responsibilities, as has been the tradition of true manhood in the

That some men think that sex is purely recreational and has no
consequences is imbecilic and delusional.

That men would send their girlfriends, sisters, and wives to have
their bodies violated in an absurd crime against nature and have their
offspring dismembered is the most disgusting abrogation of
responsibility by males in this century.

Maybe the old values of fidelity, responsibility, and self-sacrifice
are scorned by many of today’s “academic” elites, but I can assure you
that deep down, everyone recognizes that these men do not deserve the
title of “man,” for their actions defy the term.

While responsibility for abortion is shared equally by men and women,
I believe that many women would choose life if men chose to be men.
Instead, thousands of pre-born children are sacrificed daily on the
altar of their fathers’ selfishness.

Jonathon Van Maren is the Communications Director for the Canadian
Center for Bioethical Reform. This article reprinted with permission
from UnmaskingChoice.ca.

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