Originally posted by @mchill
This may have been covered in a previous post, but I've noticed the majority of American lawmakers that are making policy and legislative decisions on abortion rights are older, wealthy men. JMHO - I think these decisions should be made by women, since few men have any first hand knowledge about the details and circumstances women face when making a decision of this kind. Thoughts?
With abortion, there are many people who believe it's murder of an unborn child. So whether you agree an unborn is a person or not, the pro-life movement has framed this as a human rights issue. To them, it's not a matter of controlling women; that's why stems cells which have already been removed from a woman's body is also a hot-button issue.
Personally, I think abortion should be left entirely up to women. However, I understand why some men feel they should be included in the decision.
But aside from that, there's also logistical matters: how much government money should be given to abortion facilities or to drug companies that make abortions pills (yes, there are pills that can be taken within a certain stage of pregnancy), etc. How government funds should be divided up probably shouldn't be left up to one gender. I would never bar women from being included in legislative issues concerning men's health.
It still must be pointed out that men often don't have the best interests of women at heart. Men simply lack empathy when it comes to women's issues. Men would never have started the #MeToo movement; men didn't think highly of women to let them vote. American men decided women needed their husband's permission to own a credit card....as late the '70's. And on and on.
So a quite valid case could definitely be made to let women exclusively decide all legislative issues involving women.