Since the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Roe vs. Wade, the issue of women’s reproductive rights has been front and center in American society. The issue is once again in the headlines due to the Affordable Care Act’s provision that employers provide free contraceptive coverage for their female employees.
Many individuals and organizations that are opposed to a woman’s right to choose are also opposed to birth control for women. Incidentally, most (but not all by any means) of the opponents to women’s reproductive rights are men or organizations run by men.
What I find puzzling is why there is no discussion of men’s reproductive rights. Shouldn't men face the same scrutiny as women when it comes to this very personal issue?
Why is there no hue and cry to stop men from having vasectomies? Does anyone want to stop funding that procedure? Why is there no vocal opposition to men using condoms? Or, on the other hand, when they get a prescription for Viagra or one of the other drugs of that type?
If society is really concerned about those issues, why are women singled out?
These questions are timely, especially now that the University of Kansas, School of Medicine, is on the cusp of introducing a male birth-control pill (Sun Journal, Feb. 26).
It is time that men face the same scrutiny as women.
Donna Cheshire, South Paris