The old bumper sticker “Keep Your Laws Off of My Body” isn’t old and isn’t a bumper sticker. It’s a chilling reality for women today. And Father’s Day is a perfect time for men to wake up to women’s reality — to stand up and speak out on behalf of women’s reproductive health and rights.
Several weeks ago, 24 white, male Alabama legislators passed a draconian anti-choice bill and where were the men opposing them? A rash of similar abortion bans — most with no exception for rape or incest — passed across the South and Midwest and where were the men? Besides Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky and Louisiana are denying a woman’s right to choose, and more states are poised to follow.
Thankfully, all of these laws are being vigorously challenged in the courts. Are women wrong to believe men’s silence represents tacit approval, is a form of complicity? If we want women to believe we’re their allies then, to borrow a Missouri maxim, we have to show them.
Whether you’re a father, stepfather, father figure, brother, uncle, nephew, coach or mentor, it’s way past time to find your voice and stand with women. Let’s use Father’s Day 2019 to publicly and loudly stand up women’s reproductive rights.
Here are a few things men — not just dads — can do:
• In lieu of a Father’s Day gift, ask your family to make a donation to a local clinic, Planned Parenthood, NARA or all three. (Also, support the National Network of Abortion Funds at abortionfunds.org);