Men should have a say on abortion

Although I do not agree with everything argued by Michel van der Hoek in his letter “Abortion stance cost Democrats election” (Nov. 12), I must take issue with the reckless attacks in Jürgen Laun’s letter “Don’t overturn Roe v. Wade” (Nov. 15). Laun classifies men who have an opinion on abortion as “meddling” in a woman’s issue and categorizes anti-abortion men as engaging in “gender colonialism.”

I must preface my opinions with the admission that I am an abortion opponent. I have come to this position not because I hope to feed the stereotype that women are “intellectually inferior,” but because I believe that life begins at conception.

For me, this blurs the distinction between abortion (particularly partial-birth abortion) and infanticide. It is a moral issue, and I believe that humans have no right to play god and decide who should live and who should die. If my girlfriend had an unwanted pregnancy with me, I don’t feel that it is her, and only her, choice to decide if our child should be aborted.

If the child is carried to term and born, I’m sure Laun would be the first to argue that it takes two to tango and that I should provide financial support for my child. I don’t disagree with that argument. However, this “two to tango” argument conveniently disappears when abortion supporters argue for a woman’s sole right to control her own body.

Matt Geimer, senior, political science and history