Comedian, CNN host and “noted male feminist” W. Kamau Bell used Father’s Day to convince dads to fight for abortion rights. In a video titled “Dad’s For Choice,” Bell explained why abortion is so important to dads.
In the video, Bell said, “This Father’s Day, give him what he really needs. Not a home brewing kit. Not socks. Give him safe and legal access to abortion.”
Dads are having abortions? It seems a bit odd, doesn’t it?
Bell says that his wife has spent $17,530 on birth control in her lifetime, which breaks down to $13,101 in birth control pills, $1,992 in OB/GYN visits, $214 in condoms and $2,223 in IUDs. This representation doesn’t contrast the medical upkeep of both reproductive systems.
Bell continued, “Dads, if you’ve ever had sex and not had a kid, it’s likely birth control or abortion played a role.”
That’s not even close to true. Though a woman may be on birth control at the time of intimacy, it doesn’t mean she’s going to get pregnant. In fact, according to WebMD, “Most women have a 28-day menstrual cycle. That means you have about 6 days each month when you can get pregnant.”
Bell continued, “Throughout history, dads have enjoyed our position on the sidelines cheering on the action, but we can’t afford to do that at this critical time. Abortion and bodily autonomy are human rights. And I’m here to welcome dads—and everybody else on the sidelines—into the fight.”
Parents don’t have to sit on the sidelines, they can play an active role in their children’s lives during and after pregnancy. Families need to support each other in order to get through difficult situations without resorting to ending a life.
Guttmacher Institute reported that “the reasons most frequently cited were that having a child would interfere with a woman’s education, work or ability to care for dependents (74%); that she could not afford a baby now (73%); and that she did not want to be a single mother or was having relationship problems (48).”
That means that a support system is critical in pregnancy and after. If more women had this, they wouldn’t feel the pressure to get an abortion.
Abortion Access Front, a Hollywood group that uses comedy to “destigmatize abortion and expose the extremist anti-choice forces working to destroy access to reproductive rights in all 50 states” produced the video to include children giving answers like how a baby is formed.