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The Roundtable: Is Abortion Just Another "Women's Issue"?

The gender politics around abortion is deeper and more complex than recent headlines might suggest.

A panel of guests from across the political spectrum joined Roundtable for a roundup on this summer's biggest debates, from abortion access to gun violence to transgender issues. In this segment, they discuss women voters and abortion.

Women voters tend to be overrepresented in elections across the U.S.—so how has abortion been criminalized in so many states? The answer, posits, Sharon Kyle, resides in lingering patriarchal structures in society. 

"I think all women understand that we live in a world, particularly this country and particularly Western civilization that is run by, controlled by, owned by men," she says. "Medical research is [still dominated] by men."

Conner Moore adds that the burden of birth control has historically fallen on women and continues to do so.

"Why are there not temporary vasectomies? It's a pretty simple procedure. We can do all kinds of crazy things. Why is that not an option for everybody? That causes much less damage to the male than birth control does to a woman," he notes. 

"Birth control is a lesser of two evils in a lot of ways, but it's not healthy. The burden of birth control has rested on women's shoulders."

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Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Sharon Kyle, Co-Founder, LA Progressive

Taylor Ferber, Host, Cancel Me, Baby! Podcast

Conner Moore, Host, Politically Homeless Podcast

Adam Bulger, Host, Cinema Death Cult