The pro-choice community argues that in advocating for abortion rights, it is protecting the dignity of women by preserving a key right that allows women to flourish. Their “bro-choice” allies seem to be making a different argument.
The term “bro-choice” has recently been coined in an attempt to persuade men that protecting abortion rights is in their best interests, as well as the interests of the women in their lives. “Bro-choice” advocates call for men to defend the abortion rights of their sexual partners. Why? A key motive appears to be ensuring that their own sex lives will not be hindered by the threat of an unplanned pregnancy that could not be legally terminated. Abortion on demand means more casual sex without consequences.
This “bro-choice” position reveals once again that being “pro-choice” does not mean being pro-women. These bros’ understanding of abortion as a legitimate form of birth control does not align with the mentality of most women, even supporters of legalized abortion who do not view abortion as an unqualified good.
This mentality objectifies women, treating them as sex objects. It lets bros live in a fantasy world where there are no consequences for an infinite number of random hookups, where women need not be thought of as persons at all. And the foundation of this lifestyle is the ability to kill their own children.
Especially concerning is the potential impact this attitude could have on the ability of women to choose life—the freedom of women to carry their children to term. Women could experience undue pressure from their partners to undergo abortions and could be denied support from their “bro-choice” partners, making it difficult to carry their children to term. Their “bro-choice” partners might argue that they don’t have any responsibilities, given the implicit bargain they believe they are making in supporting the pro-choice cause.
Ultimately, women’s choices would be narrowed and they would be viewed from a more misogynistic viewpoint. This hardly seems like the best approach to promoting the flourishing of women.