Where are the Pro-Women Men?


What do Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Bishop William E. Lori, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Senator Roy Blunt, Representative Marco Rubio, Representative Darrell Issa, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker all have in common? Other than all being men, over the last year they have all taken part in the ongoing war on women and women’s reproductive health.

While the war on women has been fought for the last year, we have seen it escalate to an almost unbelievable level in the last two months. It seems like I can’t turn on the TV, read the newspaper, or go online without seeing some new outrage being committed against women somewhere in the country. This has been an assault on many fronts, from state-level to national-level attacks and continuing attacks in the media. These attacks have galvanized women across the country to speak out in defense of their reproductive health and rights. However, the longer I watch this debate the more I wonder, where are the pro-women men in this debate?

We have heard from men like Rush Limbaugh who infamously called a Georgetown law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” for testifying that health insurance for women should include coverage of birth control. Or Bill O’Reilly, who went on his show to say, “Let me get this straight, Ms. Fluke, and I’m asking this with all due respect,” he said. “You want me to give you my hard-earned money so you can have sex?”

We have heard from men like the Most Reverend William E. Lori, the Bishop of Bridgeport and spokesman for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who in his testimony before Congress on an all-male panel discussing the Obama Administrations contraception mandate, compared a Catholic Hospital being forced to cover contraception to a Kosher Deli being forced to sell ham.

We have heard from Mitt Romney who has said he would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood.

We have heard from Rick Santorum who has said states should have the power again to ban contraception and girls and women who are raped or victims of incest should not have access to the morning-after pill or an abortion.

While there have been some men who have stood up for women – such as Jon Stewart (here, here, here and here), Senator Frank Lautenberg, Reverend Al Sharpton, and others – their voices have been quiet compared to the raucous male voices speaking out against women and women’s reproductive health.

It makes me wonder: where are the pro-women men?

This fight isn’t just about women’s health. It affects all the men who care about these women – the fathers, brothers, uncles, lovers, friends and husbands. It is time for all of these men to stand up and say that women’s health is important to them and they will no longer stand idly by and watch the women they care for have their well-being be used as a political football. They need to speak out and write their representatives and tell their representatives that they are standing with the women in their lives.

Men, it is time for you to stand up and speak out with women!


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Val D.
Val D.2 years ago

Pro-women men exist. They are sneaky, but you can find them. I found myself one four years ago.

Anna M.
Anna M.2 years ago

I have found that most men are pro-women rights, unless they are religious nuts or part of the GOP, oh I'm sorry..did I repeat myself?

Marg T.
Margaret Tyrell2 years ago

It's hard to believe politicians are even discussing limiting women's rights in this century. If this continues we may as well live in a Middle Eastern country.

Neil A.
Neil A.2 years ago

Teresa WE do exist I have always been very pro female & happily had many female friends & am very happily married having known my wife for 31 years & married 23 years after 7 year engaged & still have many platonic relationships. Yes I am pro women we all should be they have more interesting conversations & thoughts.

Fiona T.
Fi T.2 years ago

They need to be respected the most

Spooky Cat
Spooky Cat3 years ago

Kevin, I have to second your comment. And add to it that IMO, people who come to a topic they clearly do not agree with are just shy of being a flamer or a troll.

Sound harsh? Well, how many pro choice people do you see stalking the religous threads making comments that they know will just incite anger in the people who believe in the topic at hand? The number is probably either 0 or very close to it.

Thank goodness for Roe vs Wade!

Carole R.
Carole R.3 years ago


Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

Ashley D.-You can dress up your rhetoric anyway that you wish to, but unless you support a woman's right to control her own body you are not "pro-woman."

Ashley D.
Ashley D.3 years ago

I would like to introduce myself as a pro-woman man.

If I were not pro-women and women's health, I would not be opposed to abortion: three million female foetuses terminated in the UK within the last forty-five years - what rights were these potential women given?

If I were not pro-women I would not care about women's sexual health, ie being taken advantage of by men and ending up with STDs.

Though IMHO I find some womens' dress sense questionable ..

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

Do they exist?