“I was Pro-Choice… Now I’m Not so Sure”

Ruben Navarrette Jr. has had a long and illustrious career as a journalist. I became a fan of his while he was writing for CNN, though enjoying his writing and agreeing with it are two very different things. Navarrette has always been a solid center-left pundit, but he has also generally been fair to those of us on the right. We don’t often agree, but at least he’s chosen to treat us with respect.

In his most recent editorial for the Daily Beast, Navarrette did something that he’s never, ever done before – he wrote about abortion.

The only thing I hate more than talking about abortion is writing about it. It’s no accident that, in 2000 columns over a quarter century, I have never—ever—written about abortion. I’ve avoided the topic like a root canal. 

Part of the reason for this is that Navarrette has always been a squishy supporter of the abortion industry. He didn’t like it, but he didn’t feel as though he had the right (or the proper biology) to be against it. It’s the same argument many men in America wrongly make, but at least he owns up to the fact that he’s no longer sure it’s a good argument.

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In fact, Navarrette writes that his wife recently excoriated him for his position on abortion saying that in his decision to act “as a man” he was actually abdicating his manhood and acting as a wimp.

no rights abortionAs I’ve only realized lately, to be a man, and to declare yourself pro-choice, is to proclaim your neutrality. And, as I’ve only recently been willing to admit, even to myself, that’s another name for “wimping out.” 

At least that’s how my wife sees it. She’s pro-life, and so she’s been tearing into me every time a new video is released. She’s not buying my argument that, as a man, I have to defer to women and trust them to make their own choices about what to do with their bodies. To her, that’s ridiculous—and cowardly.

“You can’t stand on the sidelines, especially now that you’ve seen these videos,” she told me recently. “That’s bullshit! These are babies that are being killed. Millions of them. And you need to use your voice to protect them. That’s what a man does. He protects children—his own children, and other children. That’s what it means to be a man.”

Navarette goes on to offer his support for David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) in their fight against Planned Parenthood.

David Daleiden, head of The Center for Medical Progress, issued an unsurprisingly stronger statement: “Planned Parenthood’s system-wide conspiracy to evade the law and make money off of aborted fetal tissue is now undeniable. Anyone who watches these videos knows that Planned Parenthood is engaged in barbaric practices and human rights abuses that must end.”

I agree with that assessment, and I’m pro-choice. At least I thought I was until recently. These days, each time, I express concern, outrage, disgust, or horror over another video—which should come with warnings that they may produce nightmares—some supporter of the organization responds by attacking me and insisting that I was never really pro-choice to begin with. 

Defenders of Planned Parenthood are trying to deflect criticism away from the organization and onto those who produced the videos.


The liberal, pro-abortion defenders of Planned Parenthood are running scared and in their efforts to save their favorite baby murder factory, they are resorting to lying and smearing good people. The truth of the matter is that while some of the CMP videos are edited, they have also released the completely unedited videos as well. While CMP lied to build a cover story about being a biomedical company, this is common practice in many different fields of ethical investigation. We have no problem when our law enforcement does it, and we should have no problem when investigative journalists do it to uncover criminal (and immoral) activity.

I am glad to see that the videos are having some effect because every inch we win back from the pro-death left is another inch closer to ending the American Holocaust of Abortion.


You can read Ruben Navarrette’s Entire Piece at the Daily Beast

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