Biology has a way of sorting things out, though. The women who are so motivated are the least nurturing members of the covenhood. The following table and graph show the percentages of women who believe that abortion should be legal in any circumstance by the number of children they have. For contemporary relevance and to avoid racial confounding, all responses are from non-Hispanic whites and are from 2000 onward (n = 4,072):
Restricting abortion is a clumsy, blunt tool for moving closer to sexual parity, but it's the only one men have for asserting any reproductive rights of their own. I write this knowing women are more likely to be pro-life than men are. The fact still remains that more than half of American men do not believe a woman should be able to abort on demand. These are the people who truly have no reproductive rights of their own.
Cases can be made that advances in our understanding of various things strengthen the argument in favor of progressive causes, like the normalization of homosexuality for instance. In the case of abortion, though, the opposite is true. Many babies are now viable at less than six months in the womb. Childbirth is less painful and less dangerous for mothers today than it has been at any other time in human history. Couples wait years for the opportunity to fork over tens of thousands of dollars to raise someone else's (white) infant.
And yet these grotesque women never miss an opportunity to praise the practice.
Parenthetically, my view is that abortion is the termination of a human life, but that not all life is of equal value, either objectively or subjectively. Who? Whom? looms large.
Objectively, terminating a pregnancy in the first trimester is less repulsive than doing so in the third trimester. Euthanizing an infant is less repulsive than euthanizing a twenty year-old, while euthanizing an octogenarian is less repulsive than destroying either of the fetuses, the baby, or the young adult. Subjectively, I care about abortion in Uganda about as much as I care about civil war in the Congo. Abortion inside my Dunbar Number, in contrast, is abhorrent, and in the case of my wife, unthinkable.
That said, it doesn't strike me as unreasonable to require as a general practice both the woman getting the abortion and the man who impregnated her to sign off on it for it to be permitted.
GSS variables used: ABANY, YEAR(2000-2014), RACECEN1(1), SEX, CHILDS