Click on the link here for Audio Player: Should Abortion Be Legal- 1964
The question was always “should they be legal?”, but the answer never came from the people to whom the issue was addressed. Even now, with pledges to overturn Roe v. Wade, the people barking the loudest are the people for whom pregnancy is a physical impossibility. Men don’t get pregnant, and by all accounts, it seems unlikely we’re going to anytime in the near or distant future.
Yet why, when the issue comes to the forefront, as it has for over 40 years now, do Men suddenly feel the overpowering urge to pronounce edicts which have nothing to do with them. Strange, no?
Here, as an example of the well-worn argument, is a discussion program first aired in 1964. Part of the series The Open Mind. The panel consisted of Rev. Robert H. Smith, Dr. Allen F. Guttmacher, Dr. Lewis P. James, Mrs. Alice S. Rossi and Caleb Foote.
Only one Woman on the panel. Yet the issue of Abortion concerned Women. It still concerns Women. And their decision-making voices are being drowned out, as they were in 1964 and every other year, by people who have never experience a Labor Pain in their life.
So as a reminder that the argument hasn’t changed because the arguers haven’t changed, here is that Open Mind broadcast from 1964.
And the definition of insanity is . . . . .
- Poll: For 1st time, majority want abortion to be legal (firstread.nbcnews.com)
- The Way It Was: The Beatles ruled. The mini was in. I was seventeen, and pregnant. What happened next is what could happen again. (while-you-were-sleeping.com)
- Republican Bill Would Outlaw All Abortion in Washington State (slog.thestranger.com)
- Majority Say Abortion Should be Legal (politicalwire.com)
- I Had an Abortion – … And I’m not ashamed to share my experience (babble.com)
- The language of the abortion debate (bluemilk.wordpress.com)
- Abortion: Why to resist return to an oppressive, dangerousl past – Crosscut (crosscut.com)
- Gov. Rick Perry: Texas To Make Abortion As Rare As Possible (houston.cbslocal.com)