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AskMen.com crossed the line last month when it published an article by Sex Education Correspondent Isabella Snow counseling men about how to persuade women to have abortions. The column was considered so vile that it was removed by AskMen.com. However, several other websites have included some excerpts. Here are a few samples of Snow’s advice to men who find their wives or girlfriends are pregnant that has been referred to as “a primer for coerced abortion”:
“An unplanned and unwanted pregnancy can dramatically affect an otherwise loving long-term relationship. For some women, getting pregnant can start clocks ticking and make them suddenly want to be mothers, despite previous agreements.”
"You just need to take care with the presentation."
Snow suggests discussing a potential abortion on the couch so there’s reduced eye contact and the woman can talk openly.
"When you're ready to share your opinion, you'll want to use a calm, steady tone. You'll also want to take care with your word choice; pregnant women tend to feel like they're carrying someone, as opposed to something, even if she is just a month or so pregnant. You can’t just talk about having an abortion the same way you’d talk about having a cavity filled.”
“If you don’t want to be a father, you have every right to come out and say so. You don’t have the right to berate her in the process and you should be kind, but you don’t need to understate anything.”
Snow tells men to focus on important life changes while at the same time not coming across as whiny.
“Who’s going to care for the baby while you’re working? Will you have to move to a new home? Will you have to sell your Harley and get a station wagon?”
“If you’ve followed all of these steps and your woman decides to have the baby anyway, this does not mean you’re required to get married or move in together. You’ll probably want to provide for your child regardless, but if you’ve been clear about your intentions from the start, you are not obligated to contribute beyond what your conscience and the law expects of you. This was her decision, not yours, and the bulk of the responsibility is now hers.”
"Take a moment to spell this out for her when she gives you the final decision; it may just sway her over to your side.”
Snow’s “advice” is disturbing on many counts. The complete, utter disdain for human life tops the list. Snow trivializes the entire decision-making process. Her approach is aimed at and promotes male selfishness. Upon learning they are pregnant, women are emotional basket cases that can be manipulated with a properly planned “presentation” on a sofa. If that doesn’t work, hey guys, not to worry. You said you didn’t want the baby so you’re off the hook.
No wonder there was such an avalanche of protest leading to the removal of this disgusting article.
One critic did express sympathy for Snow saying we are unclear about the specifics in Snow’s own past and private life that might shed some light on why she takes whatever that might be out on other women.
That’s a stretch for me. Women are frequently coerced to have abortions, often physically. Snow’s “try to reason with her calmly on the sofa” bit is another form of coercion, more subtle, but certainly just as despicable.