Meant to mention this. After the march on Thursday I went to the Rose Dinner, a Campaign Life Coalition event.
At my table: A policy writing woman, a nurse (female), a woman in politics, a female student of political science. Another woman working in policy, and some women over at the other end I never got a chance to talk to. Two men at our table of ten.
To think, pro-choice types had me convinced I’d meet a man doing this pro-life work. And everywhere I go–women, only women–as far as the eye can see. I’m just saying.
Rebecca adds: Based on my very circumscribed experience (my acquaintances skew academic, liberal and secular) pro-lifers tend to be women. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of men, including some young men, at the marvellous conference in Halifax last weekend. Most of the women I know are pro-choice but feel strongly that they would never have an abortion themselves; most of the men I know think it’s a very good thing indeed that abortion lets them off the hook if they accidentally get someone knocked up. This makes a sort of sense to me; abortion is something that’s done to women’s bodies, to a baby within a woman’s body, and I can see why women dislike it on a visceral or intuitive level more than men do.
Of course, because I spend most of my time around academic, liberal and secular types, I have come across some men who are pro-life, but have had the metaphorical stuffing beaten out of them whenever they voice this, and so have learned to keep quiet.by