Look, this was only going so many places. Either the entire nation would band together, declare Nick Loeb a hanging-on monster and reject him, or he’d be given platform after platform to make his case publicly and some jackknob at Fox News would “yes, and” him on abortion. Guess which one happened.
Fox News, which has as much to do with actual foxes as it does with actual news, discussed the Vergara/Loeb embryo battle on Outnumbered this week. Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist, said “”I think men should be able to veto women’s abortions if they’re willing to care for the child after it’s born.” The women on the show did not argue his point because why would they? They’re WOMEN. They’d be flogged for dissent.
Of course, the Vergara/Loeb case has literally nothing to do with abortion. At all. These are embryos that have not been implanted in a body.
This isn’t Ablow’s first anti-choice rodeo. According to Huffington Post, he wrote back in 2011 that men should get just as much say as women in any abortion discussion. More than that, it should be illegal for a woman to have one without a man’s OK.
In a 2011 opinion piece, Ablow said that if a man gets a woman pregnant, he should be able to stop her from getting an abortion. Additionally, he wrote that the pregnant woman should be legally penalized for “psychological suffering and wrongful death” if she has one anyway.
“If a man has participated in creating a new life and is fully willing to parent his child (independently, if necessary), why should he not have any control over whether that life is ended?” he asks in the piece, as if unaware of which person’s body a fetus resides inside for nine months.
Nice work to Nick Loeb for dredging up this nonsensical conversation, and extra super double nice work to the New York Times and the Today Show for letting him spout said nonsense to a national audience. Way to go, guys.
For the record, Vergara wants the conversation to stop.
“I promote all my movies, all my work, but I don’t like promoting my private life and I don’t understand why this person…I don’t want to allow this person to take more advantage of my career and try to promote himself and get press for this.”
But clearly the man gets veto over that, too.