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In her book, If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t) actress Betty White (now age 99) said, “Why do people say “grow some balls”? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.” She didn’t say, “If men could get pregnant, abortions would be available at Jiffy Lube.” But this was on a meme which featured Betty White’s photo. I’m not sure who created the Jiffy Lube statement, but it was certainly clever. After all, men are the ones who go to Jiffy Lube.

I did a little research on American attitudes towards abortion. You can see the Gallup polls here. In 2020, women went pro-choice from 43% to 53% while men went 46% to 51% pro-life.

I sent a copy of the Betty White meme to two friends. One is a pro-Trump man and the other a progressive woman who married and lives in Canada. The woman wrote back and said, “Damn right! Good one, Mike!” The man wrote back and said, “How ignorant. And sexist.”

I would say that the meme is somewhat sexist, because it criticizes men somewhat. On the other hand, it’s not ignorant, because a large portion of men are against abortion and that faction appears to be growing, not shrinking.

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That’s when religious belief becomes fascist. If one is evangelical and want to believe that abortion is bad, that’s your right.

I’m a pro-choice advocate (and a man), and I thought the meme was funny. I just thought it was a good comment about pro-life men. Of course, there are pro-life women, too, but I have a feeling that they aren’t entirely comfortable with their position. It is a position which is pushed by evangelical religions. If you are an evangelical woman, you are almost forced to oppose abortion, even if you wish things were otherwise. It has been pointed out before that the Bible really says nothing about abortion, and that in olden times life was believed to begin at birth.

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The main problem with the pro-life position is when it imposes its will on women who don’t want it. That’s when religious belief becomes fascist. If one is evangelical and want to believe that abortion is bad, that’s your right. But it shouldn’t be your right to impose your religious ideas on others.

Michael Hertz