Men Got Them Post-Abortion Blues
While I might agree with some of Sarah Blustain’s points and premises, I found the tone and structure of “The Mourning After” [Feb. 4] offensive, demeaning and polarizing. My own work on men and abortion is smack in the middle of this growing debate, and I take great issue with people in the so-called Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS) movement. I’m deeply concerned that they are using the movement as a guilt-laden recruiting tool for Christianity and as a bludgeon against women’s reproductive rights. But an article like this doesn’t help.
MICHAEL Y. SIMON
Why is it that when a man is prepared to undertake a decades-long journey of support and protection through fatherhood that we do not extend to him the same respect given a woman for bearing children? Why do we discount his grief if a pregnancy ends? When will we learn as a society that gender equality does not have to be a zero-sum game?
St. James, Mo.
What a farce! Post-Abortion Syndrome for men. This would be hilarious if it weren’t so appalling! Ever since Adam, men have been blaming women for their own inability to keep their zippers shut. We need no better proof that the true agenda of the “right to life” movement is the subjugation of women to the whims of insecure and neurotic men. Bah!
Men with PAS: if you didn’t care enough to reach for a condom, how can we have any sympathy for you when you reach for a tissue?
WANDA M. SZYKA
Sarah Blustain says men’s rights activists are “in a muddle” about the “double standard” of reproductive rights. Someone should remind them that prevention is better than cure, and that there is no double standard on their right to petition for better male birth control.
What’s next–PAS for pets? Sarah Blustain is correct in her analysis that all of a sudden this turns into making society as a whole a “victim of abortion,” opening the door to laws that “protect” us from ourselves.
NICOLE [last name withheld]
Oregon City, Ore.
Sarah Blustain’s observation that “it’s hard to get past the sheer fabrications–of data and emotions–that are going on in the men’s PAS movement” would be equally valid if she were writing about the other brainchild of the fathers’ rights movement. Curiously enough, it too is known as PAS. Is this just a bizarre coincidence, or is it efficiency in propagandizing? Did Fathers Forever forget to consult with their brothers at America’s Dads, or is this their two-for-one marketing strategy?