Some young men at Hunter decided to play a game mocking abortion. So they stuffed balloons under their shirts, pretending to be pregnant, and then used plastic forks and knives on each other to pop the balloons. Students yelled, “Kill that baby! Kill it!”
At least these men were honest: pregnant women are not carrying blobs of cells—they are carrying a human being. Notice that the guys didn’t scream “Kill that fetus.” Indeed, “Kill that baby” makes so much more sense. Which is why it just rolled off their lips.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s book, The Feminine Mystique, the work that launched the feminist movement in our time; one of the byproducts of that movement was the legalization of abortion. Interestingly, we know from every survey ever conducted on abortion rights that there is no segment of the population that is more enthusiastic about a woman’s “right to choose” than young men. This, of course, is not what Friedan intended.
Had feminists thought about this subject more clearly, they would have realized that legalizing abortion would be a boon to millions of selfish, exploitative young men. Just like the ones who acted out at Hunter.