WHAT OTHERS SAY: If men could have babies, there would be no abortion controversy

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CST

If men could get pregnant, abortion wouldn't be controversial in this country. Medication to terminate a pregnancy would be available at every pharmacy. Over the counter.

A government historically dominated by men would never contemplate forcing the members of its own gender to carry a pregnancy to term, swollen ankles and all.

But men can't get pregnant. And conservative males in Washington have an insatiable appetite for doing anything possible to force a woman they've never met to remain pregnant. It's baffling, actually, because these are some of the same lawmakers who denounce big government infringing on people's personal lives.

Pretty soon you start to wonder if their opposition to abortion is less about "protecting life" and more about controlling women. Either way, these men seem incapable of stopping themselves from dwelling on this issue.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impose tighter restrictions on federal payments for abortion. Of course such payments are already restricted, but that little fact doesn't matter. Lawmakers jump at any chance to get their views "on the record" on abortion.

Wouldn't it be better if instead they got on the record voting for legislation that actually improved the lives of Americans? Maybe initiatives to increase the minimum wage, create jobs, fund medical research or feed the children who have already been born?

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